Sports facilities, laundry services, cappuccino bars. A ready-made set of
companions. A purpose in life. Sometimes work is such a great place to be, you
don't even want to leave--not in the evening, not on weekends, and especially
not on vacations!
All of this is fantastic for your company, but seriously bad for you, says
organizational expert Dave Arnott. These perks aren't merely altruistic gestures
on the part of your company. Instead, they're consciously designed to induce you
to devote more and more of your time, talent, and emotional allegiance to the
corporation--at the expense of your private life, your family, and your
And rest assured, says Arnott, corporate cultism is not an isolated
phenomenon or a far-fetched concept. Consider the top three factors that Fortune
magazine calls the hallmarks of a great place to work: sense of purpose,
inspiring leadership, and knockout facilities. Now read the uncannily similar
characteristics that define a cult: devotion, charismatic leadership, and
separation from community
Both startling expos and insightful self-help manual, CORPORATE CULTS gives
you a clear picture of this deeply rooted, pernicious problem. It exposes the
cycle of manipulation and dependency that is making unhealthy, "cultish"
behavior a commonplace way of life for millions of people.
* You'll study the symptoms of "encultedness," including crushingly long
hours, few (or no) friends outside the workplace, emotional attitudes about a
job--and a dangerous blurring of "who I am" with "what I do." * You'll learn
about companies like Southwest Airlines, 3M, and Microsoft that forge the
narrowly focused traits of their carefully selected employees into fiercely
loyal and cultish organizations. * You'll read the real-life stories of people
whose jobs have become their lives--such as the USAA Insurance employee so
enamored of his "compound's" fine facilities that he wholeheartedly proclaimed:
"You become a part of this place, and it becomes everything you're about." *
You'll take an eye-opening 20-question corporate cult test that accurately
measures your own level of cultedness. * And--best yet--you'll discover
practical strategies for escaping the lure of the corporate cult...and restoring
a healthier balance to your life.
From the Back Cover
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
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.