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How To Survive a Sociopath Boss

By Cheryl Conner, On Friday, I attended the inaugural Social Enterprise Crowdfunding Conference at the Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake, the project of Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe and Richard Swart, a crowdfunding expert I’ve collaborated with on various projects before. The conference was a great success and will be recurring twice yearly. (Disclosure–my agency was one of the silver sponsors at the inaugural event and I was an event speaker.) I’ll write more about the event later on. One of the great side benefits, though, was the ability to catch up in an informal environment with great entrepreneurial friends. In particular, I had a great conversation with Brad Bertoch, the CEO and President of the Wayne Brown Institute, a non-profit organization that has been facilitating mentoring, training and angel and venture funding for early stage technology companies since 1983. Under his direction, WBI has raised more than $5B in private and public equity and created 100,000 jobs so far. Go, Brad. Among the other things we talked about on Friday, we compared notes on an interesting side topic: How do people (and organizations) survive a sociopathic boss? The fact that we were laughing indicates it can be done—the stories we shared were in the past tense, the company […]

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