Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Share credit. Leave the last doughnut for someone else. Sneer at the customer. Keep your colleagues on edge.
A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes
WHY THE ASSHOLE IS USUALLY IN CHARGE
We live in an age of Assholes. We live in an age in which our political system seems constantly to be conspiring to elevate the worst people imaginable. Donald Trump, who had spent his whole life being publicly thoughtless and racist and misogynistic and being subject to rape allegations and bullying people on television and profiting directly off human misery, only needed to so much as announce that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for president for his rise to mount inexorably: at one point during the election, he even stopped to admire the force of his momentum by declaring that he could stand on Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and still not lose any voters. Meanwhile, in the UK last week, we were treated to the spectacle of Tory Member of Parliament Mark Field, being filmed literally assaulting a female protester at a black-tie event, grabbing her by the neck and bundling her out of the room, while a room full of his colleagues looked on approvingly. The following day, The Guardian reported that police had been called to the address of Boris Johnson, runaway favorite to succeed Theresa May as Tory party leader and thus as Prime Minister, after neighbors tipped them off over an alleged incident of domestic violence. This sort of scandal might still be enough to sink most politicians — but Johnson, who first rose to prominence by playing a sort of upper-class idiot character on a topical panel show , is already seeking high office on the back of a record of clownish failure in basically every aspect of public life he has pursued to date. Or perhaps the spiritual father of Trump, Johnson et al: the Italian media baron, soccer club owner and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Joke: When The Body Was First Made, Who Was the Most Important
Do you have to be an asshole to succeed in business? Many would answer 'yes' - the rueful witnesses to the fact that in business, as in baboon troops, alpha males and females end up on top, where the combination of success, domineering natures and fawning underlings quickly turns them into horrible creeps. This is why in a list of the world's greatest assholes, business would take a disproportionate share - Kozlowski and Ebbers, 'Chainsaw Al' Dunlap, Trump, Eisner and much of the top management at Enron. Although in the UK maybe only Maxwell would make the A-list, we could supply a richly unpleasant supporting cast, including many trading managers in the City of London. But the asshole imperative is self-serving fallacy.
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