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Bullies blight the workplace. They harm morale and productivity. But if you understand bullies, you can learn to deal with them. Bullies fall into four categories: “Belier, Blocker, Braggart” and “Brute.” Confronting a bully is difficult, but if you succeed, you may benefit almost immediately. You could feel a weight lift from your shoulders and take pride in your ability as an executive. But, authors Peter. J. Dean and Molly D. Shepard caution in this exhaustive – and sometimes exhausting – manual, if things don’t go well, you could face an even more difficult situation. They offer varied techniques for putting bullies in their place. getAbstract recommends their guidance to human resource officials, managers and victims of bullies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify, diagnose and respond to four types of bullies; and
  • What steps to take to create a workplace that discourages bullying.

About the Authors

Peter J. Dean, PhD, and Molly D. Shepard are joint partners in The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, an executive development consultancy. Dean has taught at the Wharton School, among other universities. Shepard has more than 25 years of experience in executive development.



The Workplace Blight

Bullies create havoc in workplaces by upsetting people, disrupting harmony and undermining morale and productivity. Workplace bullying affects 65 million people in the US each year. When Charlotte Rayner and her associates at the Manchester School of Management studied bullying, they found that 25% of workers have suffered bullying at work.

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