Organisational and political cultures:  How evil concentrates Why institutional corruption takes hold, and how to prevent it

Organisational and political cultures:  How evil concentrates Why institutional corruption takes hold, and how to prevent it

My Halloween special is about corporate evil, from bad behaviour of political groups to large scale organisational corruption and abuse.

I have a theory that evil concentrates over time due to a natural quirk in human nature.  Fortunately, this also means that unhealthy institutional cultures can be prevented or cured.  Read more…

Introverts are more easily distracted And lots more you didn't know about introverts, extroverts, and open-plan offices

Introverts are more easily distracted And lots more you didn't know about introverts, extroverts, and open-plan offices

Having the radio or TV on in the background drives me bat-poop crazy.  Fortunately, I and my other half have evolved a reliable arrangement that includes volume controls and a rather spiffy wireless headset.  (For him, not me.)

It wasn’t always this way.  As in any relationship, the compromises of cohabitation are negotiated and whittled over time.  Working from a nice open-plan home much of the time, at first I found myself frustratingly unproductive.  I had discovered the inherent incompatibility between the analytical nature of my business consulting and writing work, and sharing space with a stimulation-craving extrovert.  Read more…

Is your boss a corporate psychopath? Chances are, there's a psychopath in your building

Does this remind you of anyone?  Superficially charming, even warm.  Extreme intimidation of others.  Manipulative and controlling.  Bad tempered.  Self-obsessed.  Lacking remorse.

Then you may be working with a corporate psychopath.  Contrary to popular understanding, psychopathology is not always about murderousness.  It’s defined broadly as …

And there’s a surprising amount of it about.  One woman in 200 is classifiable as a psychopath, as is one man in 80.  Chances are, you have a psychopath in your building.  Read more…

And so it begins About Shrink Wrap, the blog

And so it begins About Shrink Wrap, the blog

Blog post #1.  Here it is, finally.  I’ve contemplated writing a blog for about two years, and have finally taken the plunge.  I hope to bring you interesting ponderings about life, happiness and the human condition, with practical take-home tips, a little humour, and as much wisdom and objectivity as I can muster.

Also, the psychology of business and current affairs.  This blog is taking shape just as the USA has concluded its history-changing Clinton-Trump 2016 election…

I’ve also got a book on the boil.  It’s about…  Read more…