Snakes in Suits: Psychopathic
Individuals in the Corporate Environment
“The modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they’re abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.” (Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, 2006, Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work).
In this month’s meeting, Dr. Craig Neumann from UNT will present current research on psychopathic personality disorder. This presentation will provide the leading edge scientific understanding of this disorder, how to validity assess it, and what adverse effects psychopathic individuals may cause in corporate settings. His colleague (and wife) Dr. Iva Embley Neumann will also provide insights based on her extensive consulting work in this field.
Following the presentation we will have a lively group discussion on how we can use this knowledge in our OD work — for example, in assessments, hiring, succession planning, and ‘organizational recovery’.
Come learn how to spot the warning signs of psychopathic behavior and help people protect themselves and their organizational systems.
Speakers: Dr. Craig Neumann, Professor & Associate Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Department of Psychology at University of North Texas and Iva Embley Neumann, Ph.D. (See full BIOs below.)
Schedule for Thursday Evening:
- 6:30 Intros / Networking / Food
- 7:15 Announcements / Program
- 8:45 Closing and evaluation
Meeting Location: American Airlines Headquarters *
4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
Fort Worth, TX 76155
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to the Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).
Parking is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map). ADA accessible.
Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.
Dr. Craig Neumann, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas, is an internationally recognized expert on psychopathic personality, having developed a sophisticated mathematical model reflecting the nature of psychopathy. He has over 100 publications and works closely with esteemed scientists around the world such as Drs. Robert D. Hare, Paul Babiak, and Kent Kiehl. Dr. Neumann is one of ten distinguished scientists who serves on the Scientific Council of the Expertise Centre for Forensic Psychiatry (EFP) in the Netherlands. The EFP was founded in 2002 as a joint initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and twelve high security Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals.
Dr. Neumann is often called upon to speak to the public about psychopathy (http://keranews.org/post/research-shows-bosses-are-more-likely-be-psychopaths), and was also one of the experts consulted for a recent book on the Lindbergh kidnapping case, titled Cemetery John by Robert Zorn. Dr. Neumann was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from The William H. Donner Foundation to study the Prevalence of Psychopathic Traits in the General US Population. This is the fourth foundation grant he has received from the Donner Foundation, with a total amount of support from the Foundation at $95,000.
Dr. Iva Embley Neumann obtained graduate degrees in cybernetics and organizational and health psychology, which led to high-level engagement in consulting, management and leadership of profit and non-profit organizations in the USA and the Netherlands. After a long career as an independent consultant, she was appointed Director of EFP (Expertise Center For Forensic Psychiatry) in the Netherlands (2007 – 2013). In this position she was responsible for knowledge management support to the Dutch forensic psychiatric clinics, including the development of treatment programs and the design of the Dutch National Database, which comprised risk assessment data of mentally disordered offenders. She currently focuses on writing, marketing and fundraising.
We look forward to seeing you there!