Corporate Cults: The Insidious Lure of the All-Consuming Organization

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This eye-opening text aims to change the way people look at their companies and at themselves. It documents the manipulative, cult-like tactics that organizations use to get employees to relinquish increasing amounts of time and energy, as well as the reasons that people themselves to become "enculted". It offers candid advice on how to break free of the all-consuming company and re-build a healthy private life.

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It's not farfetched, and it's definitely not funny. The fact is that many corporations use the same manipulating and controlling tactics that cults do.

In cult-like cultures, employees pledge unconditional obedience to their leaders. They willingly relinquish their precious vacation days. They even subsume their identities, investing increasing amounts of time and energy in the corporation, at the expense of family and community.

This eye-opening book provides a fascinating--if startling--expos of the unhealthy, all-consuming power that cultish organizations wield over their employees. And it includes behind-the-scenes profiles of cultish cultures, including those from many well-known and celebrated companies.

But it's not just businesses playing this insidious game. As CORPORATE CULTS explains, many employees willingly allow themselves to become "enculted." In a misplaced quest for emotional support and self-esteem, they pledge their deep commitment to an organization--a commitment that will never be returned.

Corporate Cults makes the impassioned argument that people should place more value on who they are and less on what they do. Studiously researched yet accessibly written, the book also reveals practical tips for recognizing the symptoms of cult-like companies and behaviors--and for escaping their pernicious clutches.

For the millions of people who are happier at work than at home--or for those who chafe at the intrusion of the all-consuming company on their private lives--CORPORATE CULTS uncovers a provocative new way to understand the problem, along with practical guidelines for recognizing cultish behavior and regaining control of your life.

About the Author:

Dr. Dave Arnott is a professor of management at Dallas Baptist University. Each year he delivers dozens of speeches and conducts numerous seminars on the relationship between the individual and the organization. His seminal article "The Organizational Community: Cult or Culture?" opened a floodgate of response and established his reputation as the leading expert on corporate cults. Dr. Arnott lives in Dallas, Texas.

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