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Management coach Phil Hayes on Horrible Bosses

1 August 2011 1:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Of the three bosses in this film, Spacey's character is by far the most realistic, says management coach Phil Hayes

The title of this film is pretty accurate. Colin Farrell plays a complete train wreck of a boss – on drugs, sleeping with prostitutes. Jennifer Aniston is a nymphomaniac dentist, and Kevin Spacey is a psychopath who likes nothing more than tormenting his employees.

Of the three, Spacey's character is by far the most realistic; you do get bosses with real psychopathic tendencies. According to Robert Hare's "psychopathy checklist", about 1% of the population are psychopaths. A good number of those seem to have made their way into management.

These are people who see their employees as victims, prey to their desires. Spacey's character, for instance, makes his employee work hideously hard for a promotion he then awards himself. I once had a boss like that: he would play power games, »

- Laura Barnett

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