You may be one rogue employee away from burning down your organization and your culture.
Or one wrong move from seeing your career go up in flames.
I know. It happened to me. Do you wonder if you could be next? Or maybe it will be your reputation that’s destroyed. Or your company’s culture and productivity attacked.
All it takes is encountering the arsonist—the destructive person with the mindset and the tools to light things up and burn you down and a culture that lets them thrive.

What can be done?

How can leaders prevent fires from breaking out before their organization is at risk? How can employees—whether facing a destructive coworker or a corrosive culture—protect themselves in an atmosphere that eats away at common sense, kindness, and careers?

When equipped with the right tools, anyone can identify the arsonists and protect themselves and their organizations.

This book offers tools and tactics that everyone—from employers to employees; Fortune 500 to Mom and Pop small businesses; and members of PTAs, churches, and chambers of commerce— can use to protect themselves and their organizations against toxic people and cultures that destroy careers, morale, productivity, reputations, and financial success.

Are you ready to join the fireproofing movement? Are you ready to extinguish the arsonist in your office?

To set up an interview, schedule a speech or other questions or requests, contact Pete Havel at

Who is The Arsonist in the Office For?

Employees, HR Leaders and Attorneys

It’s ideal for the employee or manager trying to defend themselves, the HR director trying to deal with arsonists or attorneys who are left to defend or navigate expensive problems that cause havoc.

Executives, Managers and Owners

Any leader who cares about their culture will learn from The Arsonist in the Office.  If you ignore what the arsonist does, you hand over your culture to them and risk the potential consequences of seeing your company’s values, productivity and much more burned to the ground

Job seekers and Recent Graduates

This book will show job seekers and recent graduates how the ‘real world’ looks inside a toxic environment and provides tools to avoid ever working in a toxic company–a move that can immeasurably impact your life and career. It’s a lesson in hardball office politics that you’ll never forget.

Volunteer and Membership Organizations

Whether you’re a minister, a board member of a nonprofit, a PTA volunteer or a staff member of any of the organizations mentioned, you are highly vulnerable to taking in the arsonists because firing a volunteer—or donor—is never easy

Political Junkies

You’ll see glimpses of Pete Havel’s experience in politics throughout this book—and how he applies those principles to dealing with office politics. These include ‘Never let your opponent define you’ and ‘When attacked, always respond.’ It’s what any person in battle should do. Pete brings those principles in politics to the business world and teaches you how to survive.


This book has been described as ‘The Office meets Jaws meets Who Moved My Cheese’.  It details author Pete Havel’s experience in an incredibly toxic and treacherous culture and the lessons he learned that every person needs to know.  If you like a good story, characters you can relate to and takes and insights on the most-red hot issues facing businesses, employees and relationships today, order your copy today.