Helen Ofosu: Corporate wolves

Dr. Helen Ofosu

corporate psychopaths are like wolves in sheep's clothing; look harmless In the proverbial ‘work jungle’, we have heard or used descriptions that come from the animal kingdom, to describe people getting ahead professionally,  including:

  • “Wow, John in Marketing is a real tiger”
  • “You don’t want to mess with that lawyer; she’s a real shark when it comes to litigation”
  • “Have you met Peter from Accounting? He works like a dog to get the job done.”

Clearly, there’s no shortage of animal characteristics to describe a person hard at work … but what about the more predatory traits that are found in the wild? Does having a reptilian brain for organization, a knack for sniffing out the weak, and a skill for fearlessly tracking, prowling, one’s target really pay off in the places where we work? Apparently, it does, but not always with the best outcomes for all involved parties.


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About the writer 

 Dr. Helen Ofosu was born and raised in the Toronto area but her roots are in Jamaica and Ghana. She offers Career Coaching and HR Consulting using her background in Industrial / Organizational Psychology (aka Business Psychology) as the foundation for her practice. She founded I/O Advisory Services in 2012 and is accessible by phone, email, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  She can be reached at 613-424-8689 or helen@ioadvisory.com. Web: www.ioadvisory.com.




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