Profile of David Thomas
David Thomas was born into a family of eight children. His brother Jonah died in a motorbike accident age 23 years, and more recently another brother, Dougie, died. David was educated at Derby School, and is now a member of the Old Derbeian Society.
He works as a company director and consultant. Formerly, as CEO, he built a business up from three to nearly one hundred employees. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and hold masters and doctoral degrees in management from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Derby.
His research interests are in managerial psychology, narcissistic behaviour, and the philosophy of happiness. He has researched over many years the behaviour of CEOs and senior managers, as well as other office staff and shop floor workers from a variety of walks of life. His doctoral thesis is entitled 'Analysis of Senior Management Teams in Organisations that have Demonstrated a Proclivity for Growth'; it is held at the British Library and is available for download (PDF) from the main catalogue. It is also available in book format from amazon.co.uk
David is the author of the book Narcissism: Behind the Mask; it was written following his in-depth research into CEOs and company directors, which revealed high levels of narcissistic behaviour in the boardroom, and in the home. Both hardback and paperback versions have now sold out, but it is still available to download on Amazon and Apple iBooks. Other books are also available below. Over 10,000 books have been sold up to
"Vita sine litteris mors"
'Vita sine litteris mors' is the old Derby School motto meaning
'Life without learning is death'; it is from letter number 82 in Seneca
the Younger's Epistulae morales ad Lucilium. Seneca the Younger, who
lived circa 4 BC-AD 65, was a Roman statesman and philosopher.
The quotation in full is 'Vita sine litteris mors est, et hominis vivi sepultura.'
It means 'Life without learning is death, and the funeral of a living man.'