Have you ever been a jerk at work?

November 5, 2007

The next issue of Greater Good will feature a series of essays about the psychology of power, including an essay by Stanford professor Robert Sutton, author of the best-seller The No Asshole Rule. As he does in his book, Sutton shows how power can turn almost anyone into a cruel, insensitive jerk. This is especially true in the workplace, an environment that often breeds competition and operates with clear distinctions between more and less powerful people.

To run alongside this essay, we're looking for a short (350-word), first-person essay written by someone whose personal experience resonates with the phenomenon Sutton describes–someone who was poisoned by a position of power, found they started to act abusively toward co-workers of lower rank, but then realized what had happened to him or her and tried to change his or her behavior.

Does this sound like you? If you have a story you want to share, email me at jhmarsh@berkeley.edu.

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