There's an interesting psychological analysis of Rod Blagojevich in today's NY Times. In it lies a case study of which we should all be aware, with implications for each and every person who still has the privilege of going to a job each day and working for a person who, for better or worse, they call their boss.
For a long time, we have known certain things about the people we work for:
These are not good times. Hence the usefulness of any investigation into the kind of decomposition we might come to expect from those we serve.
Some aspects of Blagojevich's character, according to the Times:
So... how do things look around you? The economy is throwing off blue smoke and headed for the side of the mountain. Heads aren't just rolling, they're flying through the air like cannon balls. People are talking about more of the same until 2010.
Every day another former captain of industry explodes into criminal malfeasance, in what seems to me like the most massive collapse of leadership in all aspects of public life since... what... Grant?
How's your boss bearing up? Look for the signs. And be prepared, fellow Scouts. Keep those matches dry, and your own personal compass in good working order. It's a long way out of these woods.
In a stunning example of science telling us something we already know, a new study finds that bad management may be bad for your heart.
The BCC reports that "A Swedish team found a strong link between poor leadership and the risk of serious heart disease and heart attacks among more than 3,000 employed men." The study found that people with lousy managers had higher stress, were more likely to smoke MOREBing - Nov 25, 2008 11:53 AM ET
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