As perceptive as most business leaders are, many of them have a blind spot when it comes to praise and flattery. While most entrepreneurs are smart enough to catch the professional con artist before they set foot in the door, it’s the everyday charmers that can sneak inside.

These unconscious manipulators don’t always have a premeditated game plan other than to cozy up to you. However, once they get inside your organization and realize they don’t have the right stuff to keep their job, they might use you and your business as a stepping stone instead for their next corporate heist.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.