I found this comment very pithy:
FSK | November 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Basically, psychopaths and highly skilled workers are natural enemies. Highly skilled workers don’t like psychopaths, because they prevent them from getting work done. Psychopaths don’t like highly skilled workers, because they have the potential to expose them as a fraud.
Psychopaths can identify highly skilled workers instantly, and do everything they can to ruin them. Only a handful of highly skilled workers can reliably identify psychopaths, and even when they can, they’re alone and low-ranking on the org chart, so there’s nothing they can do.
If you are in a situation where your boss is a psychopath, your only option is to leave. He’s going to do everything he can to ruin you. He’s more skill than you and outranks you, so there’s nothing you can do.
When Google was a new company, it had mostly highly skilled workers. They built the cash cow that now runs Google. Once Google hired a certain number of psychopaths, they came to dominate. They will actively try to hire other weak-willed people or other (less-skilled) psychopaths, and get rid of the highly skilled workers. A certain number of competent workers are needed to keep things running, but a large corporation can survive on inertia for a long time.
So that’s what happened to you at Google. Your boss was a psychopath. He immediately identified you as a target to be eliminated. A certain percentage/majority of Google’s management are also psychopaths, so they backed him when he decided to get rid of you.
Psychopaths have a very efficient union. They will always cooperate to ruin an intelligent person who suspects something might be wrong. The psychopaths’ union has no explicit written rules, but it exists. A highly-skilled pyschopath can always immediately identify another psychopath, and also immediately identify intelligent people who might be trouble.
A psychopath will say that a highly skilled worker is dysfunctional. A highly skilled worker will correctly identify the psychopaths as dysfunctional, but is powerless to do anything about it. In an organization run by psychopaths, a highly skilled worker will not be effective, so why bother hiring them in the first place? In an organization run by highly skilled people, it’s over if you hire ONE psychopath. He will take credit for successes, always deflect blame to other people. He’ll do everything he can to get rid of the competent people, and hire and promote other incompetent people or psychopaths. A single psychopath can ruin a business while the bosses congratulate him for doing a great job.
Unfortunately, the US economy is controlled by highly-skilled psychopaths, with some intelligent easy-to-trick people mixed in to do the work.
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