A Decade Of The Dark Side: Fighting Our Demons At Work

by Geoff Trickey & Gillian Hyde

Current affairs and history demonstrate that there is a seriously dark side to human nature. The veneer of civilized behaviour seems to fall away alarmingly whenever there is a break down in the social order. Even in the most stable of societies, although for the most part primitive impulses are successfully corralled within the framework of cultural values, there is always a significant fringe of malevolence and outright brutality.

The purpose of this report is to share the insights gained over a decade of professional practice focused on these issues; to raise awareness of dark side processes, their impact on individual careers, on relationships with colleagues and on organisations. The report considers the implications of a very comprehensive set of Hogan Development Survey (HDS) data gathered between 1999 and 2009.