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The Saboteur at Work describes how unconscious psychological processes can sabotage individual lives, the functioning of groups, teams and organisations, and even global politics. Drawing on research in the fields of psychology and organisations, this comprehensive yet straightforward and accessible book enables you to understand how the unconscious can impact progress and performance, and describes practical techniques you can use to overcome the saboteur, individually and at work. The book discusses the modern understanding of our adaptive unconscious, and you will learn about repression, impostor syndrome and other defence mechanisms. Ideas are brought to life using real world examples and personal, organisational and national stories. The book explores the mind’s capacity for self-deception by telling the story of Tony Blair and the invasion of Iraq, and looks at unconscious processes in organisations, asking what role the saboteur played in huge corporate failures such as the collapse of Barings Bank and the Boeing 737 Max scandal. The saboteur also operates on a larger scale – governments and societies can be sabotaged by this unconscious force. In Nazi Germany, how did normal, decent people behave like monsters, colluding with or actively participating in the murder of innocent people? Why did big US corporates like IBM, Ford and Chrysler work with the Nazis to make the Holocaust possible? If you manage a team or lead an organisation, you need to understand the role played by the saboteur in your workplace and in your own career and life. This book enables leaders and managers to develop their leadership skills by understanding how the unconscious impacts on individual, group and social processes. It will also be of use to coaches and organisational consultants working in the areas of teams and performance.



Our Own Worst Enemy: What Is Self-sabotage? 


The Dark Cellar: The Unconscious from Freud to the Adaptive Unconscious 


Why You Think You’re Right, Even When You’re Wrong: Denial and Other Ways the Saboteur Distorts Reality


The Over-sensitive Burglar Alarm: Stress and the Saboteur


The Stories We Tell Ourselves



The Saboteur At Work


The Saboteur in the System 


The Saboteur in the Team  


Global Saboteurs: Self-destructive Societies 


Learning to Manage Your Saboteur  


Managing the Saboteur at Work


"The Saboteur at Work is a significant contribution to our understanding of how unconscious psychological processes can sabotage leadership, organisational behaviour and global politics. It’s well written and researched, with stories that bring the research to life. The book is an interesting, absorbing and profound exploration of the unconscious in organisational and leadership behaviour."

Professor Sue Dopson
Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Said Business School, University of Oxford

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