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(New York Daily News)   The bigger a CEOs signature, the more likely they are to be a narcissist. In other news, the more narcissistic they are, the more likely they are to be a CEO   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2013-02-09 01:58:11 PM  
So what does this make Prince?
 
2013-02-09 02:02:01 PM  
Ballmer's signature must cover a square mile
 
2013-02-09 02:25:24 PM  
I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."
 
2013-02-09 03:26:30 PM  

8 inches: So what does this make Prince?


A nar-bastard.

/kudos if you get the reference
 
2013-02-09 04:31:11 PM  
In other news, John Hancock was the biggest douche in the history of the country.
 
2013-02-09 07:05:22 PM  

LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."


Leading is actually damn hard if you give a damn.  Most people aren't good at it.  Not that narcissists are either, but to them, leadership positions are a win-win because they enjoy the power, money & attention while the stuff that would bother most people -- responsibility, consequences, total destruction of work-family balance, etc. -- don't matter to them.  As such, they'll work harder to get those top positions most people aren't interested in.

It's like delivering your kid's birthday cake in a high-performance sports car.  Whether it's a lot of fun or almost impossibly difficult depends entirely on whether or not you care what happens.
 
2013-02-09 07:26:15 PM  

dragonchild: LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."

Leading is actually damn hard if you give a damn.  Most people aren't good at it.  Not that narcissists are either, but to them, leadership positions are a win-win because they enjoy the power, money & attention while the stuff that would bother most people -- responsibility, consequences, total destruction of work-family balance, etc. -- don't matter to them.  As such, they'll work harder to get those top positions most people aren't interested in.

It's like delivering your kid's birthday cake in a high-performance sports car.  Whether it's a lot of fun or almost impossibly difficult depends entirely on whether or not you care what happens.


I've observed several people move up the management chain. It tends to magnify certain personality traits. Someone who is a little self obsessed becomes a lot self obsessed when they become a manager. They also become louder, more opinionated, and generally more boss-like.

Even Donald Trump had an almost tolerable personality back in the 80's - in interviews he sometimes seemed almost shy. The longer he ran the empire, the less tolerable he became until now he's just a caricature.
 
2013-02-09 08:13:29 PM  

dragonchild: LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."

Leading is actually damn hard if you give a damn.  Most people aren't good at it.  Not that narcissists are either, but to them, leadership positions are a win-win because they enjoy the power, money & attention while the stuff that would bother most people -- responsibility, consequences, total destruction of work-family balance, etc. -- don't matter to them.  As such, they'll work harder to get those top positions most people aren't interested in.

It's like delivering your kid's birthday cake in a high-performance sports car.  Whether it's a lot of fun or almost impossibly difficult depends entirely on whether or not you care what happens.


Pretty spot on reasoning there and I agree with it.
 
2013-02-09 11:10:11 PM  

LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."


It's actually pretty easy. It's not like you have to have any qualifications or have to interview to be CEO of a company. You basically have to be a shameless self-promoter and be able to successfully schmooze with the moneyed elite--activities that come naturally to narcissists.
 
2013-02-10 03:46:16 AM  
abdulvasi.com
 
2013-02-10 07:10:06 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: [abdulvasi.com image 850x566]


Looks like a combination of big and really small.. hmm

but really.. probably every US president has been fairly narcissistic.. except Washington.
 
2013-02-10 07:10:18 AM  
is that only if you're a ceo? my signature is pretty god damn huge.
 
2013-02-10 07:31:20 AM  
/what a douche
 
2013-02-10 07:33:12 AM  
Very nice, tells me the image is oversized and removes it but leaves the comment anyways.
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-10 09:45:07 AM  
My brother has penmanship that could be described and nearly microscopic. He had rage issues and believed blacks and jews were out to get him.
 
2013-02-10 11:59:44 AM  
its common knowledge that the higher you go up the corporate tree, the more non violent psychopaths you find.  most psychopaths are not violent.

its just the violent ones you read about in the news.  they get all the attention.
 
2013-02-10 12:00:27 PM  

Shirley Ujest: My brother has penmanship that could be described and nearly microscopic. He had rage issues and believed blacks and jews were out to get him.


sounds like a paranoid schizophrenic.
 
2013-02-10 12:02:56 PM  

leviosaurus: Ballmer's signature must cover a square mile



Linux and its offshoot Android will reign in the huge signature.   Guaranteed!
 
2013-02-10 12:08:14 PM  

LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."


they get there by tenacity, aggressiveness, and the ability to think only of themselves and what they want to the exclusion of all else. nothing else matters to them but themselves.  kinda' primitive.  neanderthal.

Theirs is the Will to Power, and everything besides.

AND

they would be easy to shoot, imho.
 
2013-02-10 12:09:55 PM  

leviosaurus: dragonchild: LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."

Leading is actually damn hard if you give a damn.  Most people aren't good at it.  Not that narcissists are either, but to them, leadership positions are a win-win because they enjoy the power, money & attention while the stuff that would bother most people -- responsibility, consequences, total destruction of work-family balance, etc. -- don't matter to them.  As such, they'll work harder to get those top positions most people aren't interested in.

It's like delivering your kid's birthday cake in a high-performance sports car.  Whether it's a lot of fun or almost impossibly difficult depends entirely on whether or not you care what happens.

I've observed several people move up the management chain. It tends to magnify certain personality traits. Someone who is a little self obsessed becomes a lot self obsessed when they become a manager. They also become louder, more opinionated, and generally more boss-like.

Even Donald Trump had an almost tolerable personality back in the 80's - in interviews he sometimes seemed almost shy. The longer he ran the empire, the less tolerable he became until now he's just a caricature.


his wig is the one in charge now.   (:
 
2013-02-10 12:13:00 PM  

Smagma: BarkingUnicorn: [abdulvasi.com image 850x566]

Looks like a combination of big and really small.. hmm

but really.. probably every US president has been fairly narcissistic.. except Washington.


Obama is a mix, i think.  he's smart enought to know that if he doesn't project the big ego when necessary,  the Owners won't accept him and we all know that in America, you have to please the Owners to get into high office.

its all about Ownership.  nine tenths of the Law involve Ownership of property in all its forms.
 
2013-02-10 01:46:38 PM  
Um, nobody's reading this thread anymore. You're a little late.
 
2013-02-10 02:10:46 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: Um, nobody's reading this thread anymore. You're a little late.


Oh, its that one-tune wonder.  I was curious who was shiatting in the thread so late.
 
2013-02-10 05:11:11 PM  

Smagma: every US president has been fairly narcissistic.. except Washington.


You're kidding, right? Washington was pretty high up on that scale. The reason you believe that is because he very carefully and deliberately cultivated that image.
 
2013-02-10 09:21:06 PM  

LoneWolf343: I find it odd how narcissists actually get their positions of power in the first place. Do people just think "This guy is an asshole. Let's put him in charge of something."


No, but their self confidence is often infectious - those around them see them as leaders and more competent than they often really are. So they are more likely to be promoted over those who do excellent work but keep a low profile.

CEO's are also more likely to be psychopaths than the general population. A psychopath can get to the top relatively easily as they are not encumbered with a conscience.
 
2013-02-10 09:25:23 PM  
Why does an article about narcissistic CEOs have a photo of a dickhead?

assets.nydailynews.com

Actually, he's a perfect example of someone who is a narcissist, a psychopath and incompetent. There is often a lot of overlap between those groups.
 
2013-02-10 09:30:52 PM  

Linux_Yes: leviosaurus: Ballmer's signature must cover a square mile


Linux and its offshoot Android will reign in the huge signature.   Guaranteed!


If he's a narcissist then not so. If a narcissist CEO fails he is paid an obscene amount of money as a goodbye gift and then he goes on to the next company that is willing to take him - and it seems there's always a next company.
 
2013-02-11 04:45:23 AM  
The article smells of filler material and nothing that is substantial. I am surprised they didn't bring up Type A personalities that most if not all CEO's have.
 
2013-02-11 09:10:24 AM  
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