Workplace bullies. Whether it's the playground or the office, you've got to find a way to stand up for yourself.
One of the top five skills in any role is to use the leverage you have (or what you can create) to get the bullies off your back. Bullies come in all types of flavors in an organization, including but not limited to:
-The deadline bully (creates false deadlines and then pressures you to die on the hill attempting to accomplish them)
-The resource bully (sucks up all the resources for her own purposes, leaving you with not enough manpower to get things done)
-The attention bully (craves attention for himself and perhaps his team, to the point where there's limited recognition oxygen for the rest of the organization)
-The budget bully (also known as the sandbagger, budgeting so he'll hit his number by September, leaving you to deliver on real numbers and all the pressure that comes with it)
So what are you going to do? Just accept it? Play nice? Or find a way to confront the bully?
Need some motivation? Try these two clips:
-This scene from a Christmas Story, where Ralphie beats the hell out of the neighborhood bully.
-This reaction from NBA Star Kevin Durant, when Miami star Chris Bosh dared to impose his opinion on a private conversation Durant was having with a teammate:
“I was talking to my teammate and [Bosh] decided he wanted to put his two cents into it,” Durant explained after the 108-103 setback. “I am a quiet guy, laid-back guy, but I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now so he thinks he can talk a little bit. There are a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them.”
LOL. There are a lot of fake tough guys and gals in your company. The question is, what are you going to do about it?