10 People Who Suck

Q&A With The Authors:

What prompted you to write The 10 People Who Suck?

We spent years working for and advising companies of all sizes across every known industry. Whenever someone ranted about another team member, it seemed as if the same toxic personalities were causing the majority of anguish and, consequently, disrupting the flow and potential of the organization. Admittedly, we’ve always had trouble ignoring the fact that organizations can and should strive higher. So, we felt compelled to not only identify the most problematic office personalities, but also to genuinely prescribe ways to overcome conflict at work.
Yes, we’re all entitled to vent our frustrations about the 10 People Who Suck. But we also have a duty - to our organizations, to our colleagues and to ourselves - to do something about it. (read more...)

About The Authors
Ryan Powers has dedicated the last decade toward leading high-profiled organizations in the development of their sales, marketing and strategic planning efforts.  Powers is co-founder and Managing General Partner of SymAction Communications, a corporate communications and market research firm specializing in marketing and public relations, focus group moderation, sales training, competitive analysis, internal & external communications and political strategy.
Prior to co-founding SymAction Communications, Powers served as a management consultant, advising leading organizations worldwide. Powers has led sales and marketing efforts for several organizations in the technology and real estate industries throughout the United States, Asia Pacific, South America and Africa.  He has authored multiple business plans and served on the advisory boards of several companies during their start-up phases.  Additionally, Powers crafted communication strategies and public policy proposals as a political campaign manager in California and on Capitol Hill.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from James Madison University.
Michael Wissot is co-founder and Managing General Partner of SymAction Communications, as well an adjunct professor of communication at Pepperdine University.  He also serves as a political analyst for KABC talk radio in Los Angeles.  Wissot – an expert in crisis management, market research and Internet communications – was selected as one of the San Fernando Valley’s top professionals under 40 years of age.  

Wissot previously worked as Vice President of Luntz Research Companies, where he quickly became one of the nation's top corporate focus group moderators.  During his tenure with Luntz Research, Wissot moderated focus groups and conducted surveys for a range of Fortune 500 companies, as well as many high-profile political figures.

Wissot served as CEO of Dentistry.com, a leading dental referral company, which he later sold to 1-800-DENTIST®. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University, a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Arizona, and a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird.