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"A man without ambition is dead.
A man with ambition but no compassion is dead.
A man with ambition and compassion
for his blessings on earth is ever so alive."

Pearl Bailey


ambition

Chinese charater for ambition

a strong drive for success

to seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet

a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"

an eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor,

superiority, power, or the attainment of something



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"I'm a hypercompetitive individual."
Jack Abramoff

hypercompetitiveness

hypercompetitors ignore feedback

hypercompetitors lack both insight and empathy

autistic = a tendency to view life in terms of one's own needs and desires

"The most dangerous person in corporate America is the highly enthusiastic incompetent. He's running faster in the wrong direction, doing horribly counterproductive things with winning enthusiasm."- Tay Kurtz

"In healthy people, the more you activate a portion of your frontal lobes, the more accurate your view of yourself is. The more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the less you use those frontal lobes."- Jennifer Beer

At the core of every massive corporate unraveling, whether it is Sunbeam, Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Tyco, Adelphia, Long-Term Capital Management, Kmart, Schwinn, Motorola, Rubbermaid, Quaker Oats, Iridium, Conseco, Johnson & Johnson or the Helmsley Hotels, sits a hypercompetitive manager or CEO.

"Hypercompetitive people often think their self-worth is contingent on winning. Start any activity, first thought: I need to win."- John Tauer

"The take-no-prisoners competitors can be very successful much more rapidly than win-win competitors, mainly because they are obsessed, single-track and totally focused on their own desired result." - Denis Waitley

The gist of this manner of competition is self-aggrandizement, at the expense of others. This is a extremely narcissistic behavior.

Hypercompetitiveness individuals may suceed in many parts of their lives, but interpersonal, especially intimate, relations are often deeply troubled.



2002 Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology examines romantic relationships of hypercompetitive individuals and finds these individuals report lower levels of honest communication with the partner, greater infliction of pain, stronger feelings of possessiveness, higher levels of mistrust, stronger need to control, lower ability to understand another perspective, and higher levels of conflict.

"The more secure you are in your own self and your own abilities, the more you know yourself, the less you feel you need to prove something to others."- Richard Ryckman, psychologist

2007 CEOs of 10 Wall Street firms that either failed or received taxpayer bailouts were paid an average of $28.9 million per year in the years leading up to the Wall Street meltdown. Their average pay from 1997 through 2007, equaled 575 times the median American family's 2007 income.

"Fat cat compensation has nothing to do with good corporate performance. These CEOs were exorbitantly compensated for driving their companies off the cliff. At a minimum, Congress must ensure that corporate leaders are paid for long-term performance, not short-term illusions." - Robert Weissman

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, made anonymous internet forum postings disparaging Wild Oats market from 1999 to 2006 with the intent of driving down the value of Wild Oats. John Mackey posted comments stating the incorporation "has no value and no future" and that management "clearly doesn't know what it is doing." Whole Foods made a hostile takeover bid in February 2007 capturing Wild Oats. The postings came to light due to a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit over monopoly issues.

2009 "For example, you may think you communicate, delegate, supervise, and recognize others well, but until you receive others' opinions on these things, you cannot truly know." - John Baldoni, How to Crack the Self-Awareness Paradigm, HarvardBusiness.org



The destiny of the wolf cub is to become a wolf,even if it is reared among the sons of men.

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"The destiny of the wolf cub is to become a wolf,
even if it is reared among the sons of men." - Saadi of Shiraz

Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse:
How to Spot Moral Meltdowns Before it's Too Late

David Korten's research shows a high proportion of CEOs of major corporations exhibit the traits of antisocial personality disorder.

Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a mental disorder defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: "The essential feature for the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood." Considered essential features of the disorder are deceit and manipulation.

Common characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder include - persistent lying or stealing; recurring difficulties with the law; tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal); aggressive, often violent behavior; inability to tolerate boredom; disregard for the safety of self or others; lack of remorse for hurting others; superficial charm; impulsiveness; a sense of extreme entitlement; lack of guilt; relentlessness; recklessness.

"There are few social sanctions - as contrasted with legal or financial ones - for bad behavior. Executives who have served jail time are back on television and are still celebrities. More to the point, they aren't shunned by their colleagues. The prevailing mood seems to be, as long as people retain enough wealth, they can buy their way back by donating time and money. If we are serious about enforcing norms, then there have to be real sanctions." - Jeffrey Pfeffer

"Mid-level managers are not "evil" people in their everyday lives, but in the context of their jobs, they have a separate moral code which make up the " fundamental rules of corporate life": (1) You never go around your boss. (2) You tell your boss what he wants to hear, even when your boss claims that he wants dissenting views. (3) If your boss wants something dropped, you drop it. (4) You are sensitive to your boss's wishes so that you anticipate what he wants; you don't force him, in other words, to act as a boss. (5) Your job is not to report something that your boss does not want reported, but rather to cover it up. You do your job and you keep your mouth shut." - Robert Jackall, Moral Mazes



Chainsaw Al

Known as the turnaround specialist and downsizer, "Chainsaw Al".

Drastically altered the economic status of Nitec, Scott Paper and Sunbeam.

Engineered a massive accounting fraud at Nitec, a paper-mill between 1974 to 1976. Nitec's $5 million profit for 1976 was actually a $5.5 million loss. Nitec sued Dunlap for fraud, but was ultimately forced out of business.

Engineered a Scott Paper merger with Kimberly-Clark in 1995 which netted him a $100 million golden parachute - suspected of irregularities.

Took over as Chairman and CEO of Sunbeam in 1996. Hostile takeovers of camping gear maker Coleman and coffee machine maker Signature Brands, best known for making Mr. Coffee and smoke detector maker First Alert.

Sunbeam reported record earnings of $189 million in 1997 of which the SEC estimated $60 million were fraudulent. Paid $15 million to settle shareholder lawsuit, was fined $500,000 to settle the SEC's charges.

Banned from serving as an officer or director of any public incorporation.

In a review of the book "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson Business Week reported that Dunlap "scores pretty high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist."
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