Book-signing, presentation on toxic personalities in the workplace set for June 25

Book-signing, presentation on toxic personalities in the workplace set for June 25

Hear from the authors of Toxic Workplace! Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power (2009, Jossey-Bass) at a presentation and book-signing Thursday, June 25.

Dr. Mitchell Kusy and Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, both from Antioch University, will talk about their book at 5 p.m. at the Opus College of Business Schulze Hall, Minneapolis campus.

Dr. Mitchell Kusy
Dr. Elizabeth Holloway

Kusy and Holloway say that toxic personalities in the workplace are profit saboteurs who undermine well-being and productivity. During economic downturns, the "perfect storm" emerges in which their "shadow" side is exacerbated, infecting others.

The authors' national study of more than 400 leaders included in-depth interviews and an 82-item online survey, indicating that 94 percent have worked with a toxic person. Learn how to create systems of respectful engagement with no pit bulls, prima donnas, chameleons or stars who get away with tyranny.

The complete results of this study, including the three types of toxic behavior and a systems approach for intervening, may be found in their new book.

A former professor in UST's School of Education's graduate Department of Organization Learning and Development, Kusy, an international consultant, has worked in several organizations, including American Express Financial Advisors as head of leadership development. He is a full professor in the Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University, a 2005 Fulbright Scholar in International Organization Development, and the 1998 Minnesota Organization Development Practitioner of the Year. He is a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, School of Enterprise.

Holloway is a psychologist with more than 25 years' experience as a practitioner, trainer and consultant with leaders worldwide. She has held faculty appointments at the universities of California, Utah, Oregon, Wisconsin and currently at Antioch University in its Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change. She consults internationally on systems approaches to supervision, mentoring, coaching, toxicity, and building communities of respectful engagement.