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Compliments of of Mark Walley via Flickr

The bedraggled use “restorative bullying” to bolster their sagging self-image – attempting to “even the scales” through targeting individuals even lower on the office totem pole. They look for employees not sturdy enough to withstand verbal pummelings – individuals who appear cast down, demure, shamefaced, self-effacing, conciliatory, and downtrodden. Sacrificial offerings on whom to cast the group’s collective sin, persons expected to “take one for the team” to relieve tensions. Turn the page…

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Compliments of torbakhopper via Flickr

As individuals, we consider “winning” and the end game all important. What transpires in the middle – the easily forgotten “messy bits” are what we many times try to shield from our attention. “To the victor go the spoils” spawns cultures in which persons look for ways to flatten peers. Perhaps entitlement mentality occurs from ignorance (or unawareness), and in a minority of scenarios from shear meanness alone. Regardless of intent, the results are the same. Disintegrated relations. Intractable conflict. Unexpected annoyance. All in the name of getting more. The points below may help us tread lightly: Turn the page…

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