In project management, a death march is a project where the members feel it is destined to fail, or requires a stretch of unsustainable overwork. The general feel of the project reflects that of an actual death march because the members of the project are forced to continue the project by their superiors against their better judgment.
(quote from Wikipedia)
It is creepy to find that some real-life situations are so common that they already have creepy names.
Gamification is a very interesting concept for motivating individuals and teams for business objectives, by using concepts usualy found in games, and more specificaly in computer games. For example, I have been involved in the development of a tool for motivating contact center agents using leaderboards and KPIs.
I have stumbled upon this interesting video/lesson where these concepts are explored for educational purposes:
Recent research has demonstrated that many psychopaths are in control of senior management positions.
“A surprising research has found out that there could be an increased number of psychopaths in high levels of businesses especially at senior managerial positions. This correlation has been demonstrated by a talented undergraduate Carolyn Bate, aged 22, of the University of Huddersfield.
According to Bate, her project was triggered when she read about research which showed that while one percent of population were categorized as psychopaths, the figure rose to three percent when it comes to business managers.”
“Leadership styles are reviewed and reassessed given recent research that links
destructive leadership behaviours exhibited by unscrupulous executives with traits commonly identified as indicators of corporate psychopathy.”
Destructive leadership and the rise of the corporate psychopath
exploration of the ‘dark side’ of leadership is equally critical because of the negative impact that these leaders have on
productivity (Ouimet, 2010),
employee morale (Boddy, 2011)
the financial performance of the organisation (Takala, 2010)
Clinically, psychopathy is a disorder of the personality (Andrews & Furniss, 2009),
involving a lack of empathy and attachment to other s, superficial charisma and charm,
manipulation, and the violation of social norms (Hart, et al., 1994)
Put simply, people without a conscience or empathy may be categorised
as psychopaths (Hare, 1999)
Searching to explain unethical, deviant and criminal executive behaviour, scholars haveidentified a number of corporate executive leaders that portray sub-clinical psychopathy traits,
Such leaders have been referred to in the literature as successful corporate
psychopaths (or executive psychopaths, industrial psychopaths, organisational psychopaths, or organisational sociopaths) in an attempt to distinguish a psychopathic individual operating in
business from other successful psychopaths
Successful corporate psychopaths have been characterised as
shameless, and yet who are also charming, manipulative and ambitious
“It may be the case that higher levels of intelligence facilitate the regulation of emotional responses in individuals with high levelsof psychopathy. Given that psychopaths have been demonstrated to be capable of regulating their GSRs (Steinberg & Schwartz,1975), these individuals may
understand and be able to reproduce normative physiological responses to
evocative stimuli, which could facilitate their remaining undetected in wider
society. Thus, our findings may have implications for understanding the phe-
nomenon of corporate psychopaths (Boddy, Ladyshewsky, & Galvin, 2010)”
Boddy, C. R. (2011). The corporate psychopaths theory of the global financial crisis. Journal of Business Ethics, 102(2), 255-259.
Boddy, C. R. (2010). Corporate psychopaths and organizational type. Journal of Public Affairs, 10(4), 300-312.