Author Joe Couch addresses the full range of character deficiency in America: education, healthcare, executive pay, amongst others. 140 pages
A central theme is how character disordered people are now carving out powerful positions in organizations, even if they are not in executive positions.
To elevate the American dialogue about how voids in character are damaging the fabric of trust in everyday life, author Joe Couch reaches across a wide spectrum, calling out issues in education, healthcare, executive compensation, and more.
And having been in the workplace for decades, Joe has heard some hair-raising stories of really damaging and unethical activities. Joe spins down some of these stories into hearty but fictionalized accounts of what happens when people with deficient character go to work.
And that might normally just be an interesting afternoon read, but we're telling you right now:
Some people NEVER want you to read this book!
Because Joe goes deep into the sacrosanct, and demonstrates how the Not-For-Profit sector has become increasingly vulnerable to character disordered and/or psychopathic personalities.
With intense detail, Joe shows how character disordered people may now be using one of our most beloved laws to bring on mayhem and cause permanent damage for the very organizations intended to improve the lives of others.
And you may be in for one of the shocks of your life to find out JUST WHO may be helping them do it.
3.1 STORY 1: ARE YOU KIDDING? I'M NOT HERE FOR THE CLIENTS
I think the moment I realized that things were irretrievably messed up must have been the day when one of my executive peers, whom I had repeatedly seen writing a fiction novel on her work computer during business hours, told me that she thought I should figure out how the agency could pay for her to go to law school within my department's budget.
I asked which of the clients would benefit. She said, "None, I just want to get a law degree so that when I retire from here, I have something to do..." and smiled.
In shock, I let it go, and then visited her a few days later and told her it could not be done. She said, "Are you sure?" I said "Yes, I'm sure". She came one more time, requesting the same thing, and then when I told her it could not be done again, she asked "Are you sure?" I told her I was 100% positive and so she dropped it.
But yeah, I think that was the day when I took it home that many employees in Not-For-Profits really are there only for "what's in it for me?".
Later, this particular organization proved that many of them are there only for the money, but probably nothing more arrogantly stands out more than this masters-degree'd gal, trying to figure out how she could suck even more wealth out of the organization at the expense of the less fortunate. Her fully loaded compensation package was well over $120,000 per year, so it was not as though she could not pay for it herself.
What was even more shocking was that she was clearly already a millionaire: she drove a luxury car, her husband drove a Ferrari and a Hummer, and they owned a vacation home in the mountains, a house boat, and several rental properties. In my view, one can really have no argument about her success by itself were she not also trying to drink improperly from the agency trough, but it made me wonder how ethical she had been in how she reached success.
And what about those less fortunate people for whom we'd been brought together to serve?
Well, in my opinion, she had little concern for them, for if she had, I would never have been asked to figure out how we could illicitly pay for her law school tuition for three years, a $50-100K+ expense.
And beyond the obvious selfishness and greed, what perhaps should bother you about this?
Last I heard, she's still there.