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CEOs with big signatures are more likely to be narcissists
簽名越大的執行長越可能是自 ‧ 戀 ‧ 狂

Twitter chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, right, demonstrates an online transaction, while Rakurten president Hiroshi Mikitani, left, gives his signature on a smartphone during a conference of the New Economy Summit 2013 in Tokyo on April 16.
推特公司董事長及Square公司首席執行官傑克‧多西(右)四月十六日在東京舉行的日本新經濟高峰會上示範線上交易,且樂天株式會社社長三木谷浩史(左)採用智慧型手機簽名。

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照片:法新社

The bigger a CEO’s signature the more likely he or she is to be a narcissist, a new study claims.

The research, which compared the signatures of some 605 CEOs of US firms, found that size does matter where bosses’ autographs are concerned.

It found that bosses with bigger signatures also tended to get the highest pay, but were in fact more likely to run their companies into the ground.

The study by academics at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina took the signatures of CEOs from company accounts filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The authors identify narcissism as an egotistical character trait “associated with conceit and disregard for others.”

“Similarly, narcissism creates biased self-perception in the form of upwardly biased evaluation of one’s own abilities and performance,” they say in the paper.

These qualities make them bad decision makers, the study says, but enable them to convince directors and shareholders of their competency to the extent that they get better pay.

(Liberty Times)

一位執行長的簽名寫得越大,他(她)越可能是自戀狂,一項研究聲稱。

該研究比較了六百0五位美國公司的執行長簽名,發現上司的簽名大小確實關係重大。

研究發現,簽名更大字的上司通常能得到最高的薪水,但事實上也更可能把公司搞垮。

北卡羅萊納大學克南—弗拉格勒商學院學者所做的這項研究,從公司提交到美國證券交易委員會的帳目,蒐集執行長的簽名。

研究作者將自戀定義為「帶有自負和漠視他人的」一種自我中心的性格特質。

他們在論文中寫道,「同樣,自戀會造成自我認知的偏差,具體表現形式是對個人自身能力和表現會有偏高的評價。」

研究稱,這些特質會使他們做出不明智的決定,但也能使董事和股東信服他們的能力,發給他們更高薪水。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. autograph n.

親筆簽名 (qin1 bi3 qian1 ming2)

例: She signs a lot of autographs for her fans.

(她常常親筆簽名給粉絲。)

2. run something into the ground idiom

把…弄糟 (ba3...nong4 zao1)

例: You will run this hotel into the ground.

(你會把這家飯店搞垮。)

3. egotistical adj.

自我本位的;自負的 (zi4 wo3 ben3 li4 de5; zi4 fu4 de5)

例: An overbearing stare can make you appear arrogant and egotistical.

(自大神態會讓別人覺得你傲慢而自負。)


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