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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I wish to thank the many friends and colleagues who read multiple versions of this work and made numerous valuable suggestions. Don Haack, a management consultant, is first among equals. His numerous excellent ideas and endless generosity in helping have made this book much stronger than it would have been without his input. Michael Bendit, management consultant and developer of new ventures, gave fundamental assistance in structuring the book. Jim Cawood, an expert in threat assessment, has deepened my knowledge of dealing with dangerous managers and provided crucial advice to the chapters on homicidal managers and paranoid managers. Diana Adams, a law student at Cornell spending the summer working in a law firm with particular expertise on workplace harassment, helped me to better address the key issues that people face concerning sexual harassment and chauvinism. Isabel Rathbone, M.D., provided guidance on the treatment of alcoholism. Jim Boyd, publisher at Prentice Hall, suggested I write this book after reading an article I wrote on Narcissistic Managers in Academy of Management Executive. I also need to thank all of the difficult and sometimes toxic managers I’ve worked with who were so generous in providing examples of what not to do. Finally, let me thank Lynn Gonsor Anvari—the finest manager I have ever known. She showed me that even within large corporations managers can use a coaching style, tact, and respect with subordinates, and that doing so is far more effective than what usually occurs.

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