Behind every strategy there is competition for something: votes, power, profit, fame, etc.

Behind every strategy there is also a rationale, a reason why someone thinks it will work better than the alternatives.

People succeed (and fail) with wildly different strategies. But some strategies go further. They don’t make you think wow, that’s out of the box. They make you think yikes, you’re out of your mind.

Here is our end-of-year, politically incorrect review of absurd strategies. Remember: you don’t have to agree with us. We don’t even agree with each other, except maybe on a couple.

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“You don’t have to be a psychopath to work here, but it helps.”

Have you suspected your CEO is a psychopath? How about the president? How about the gover­nor of a state that borders Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Atlantic? (Hint: it rhymes with “Boo Jersey.”)

It won’t do you any good to go partisan on me; they probably are psychopaths. Don’t blame me. Blame science. Arthur Fallon, a neuroscientist and author of The Psychopath Inside, recently appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN with the amazing discovery that most successful, famous people, in politics and business, score relatively high on a psychopathy spectrum.

When you think of psychopaths you probably think of serial killers, but only some psychopaths are criminals. Psychopathy is a lack of activity, visible on scans, in the areas in the brain responsible for emotional empathy.  It shows up as a cluster of traits including ruthlessness, fearlessness, narcissism, charm, charisma, impulsivity, persuasiveness, manipulation, and a lack of conscience. Fallon describes those traits as “part of leadership skills.” Now can you start seeing your CEO and it’s-all-about-me politicians (but I am redundant) fitting that profile?

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Biased in Media is not new. It is actually part of media outlets competing for audience, or competing for talent. This is healthy. The outcome of all Network News becoming one sided (liberal) has been the rise of Fox News as the leading news outlet. Why did ABC, CBS and NBC (and their cable satellites, CNBC, MSNBC) risk antagonizing half of their audiences? Was it a deliberate strategy? More likely it was the  background of the executives and the reporters, and general tendency of journalism school to graduate liberal professionals, coupled with liberal, Democrat-leaning owners like Tisch at CBS, General Electric at NBC, Disney at ABC, and Turner at CNN. Followers of the opposition were actually happy with the blatant bias since it made Fox News stronger, rating-wise. Competition is wonderful.

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