Bullies and Sabotage

This month’s webinar was on Bullies and Sabotage.

If you missed it, you can download the podcast!

Bullies and Sabotage

This is a useful webinar to download if you:

  • Need to deal with a boss or a peer who is a bully, and keep your career intact
  • Need to counter a saboteur who is challenging your credibility and reputation
  • Want some specific tactics to disarm bullies and saboteurs, and protect yourself
  • Want to feel stronger and more confident around strong, negative personalities

My childhood bully

I was bullied for many years as a child. I was fat and nerdy and smart and awkward. Most kids were very mean to me. I was an outcast.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about being thankful for my childhood bullies.

I got such a strong response to my personal story, and many of you asked me to do a webinar on this topic. So I did.

Unfortunately the workplace is scattered with managers and peers who are bullies — and random, insecure, but diabolical people who set out to sabotage you behind your back.

I have had a lot of practice enduring, and dealing with bullies, and unwelcoming work environments. I developed some ways of thinking about this and some very effective counter-approaches to not only defend against these behaviors, but make forward progress in spite of them.

What the webinar covers

This webinar covers how move past bullying and sabotage while staying on the high ground.

We covered:

  • How to effectively defend against bully bosses and peers, and move beyond it
  • How counter saboteurs who are undermining your efforts or your reputation
  • Resources for dealing with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
  • The difference between malicious and incompetent people and how to react
  • How to feel stronger, more confident, and make progress despite adversity

Bullies, Saboteurs and Narcissists (oh my!)

There are three types you need to watch out for and have a plan to defend, protect and overcome.

Basic Bullies: People with power who are unkind, dismissive, diminishing to your face.

Saboteurs: Those who seek power by undermining you and discrediting you behind your back.

Narcissists: Those who must abuse others to fuel their psychologically damaged ego.

It’s never about you

The most important thing to remember, a lesson I learned at a very early age from my mother, is that bullying is never about you, it’s always about them. These type of people have a need to damage and diminish others. If it isn’t you, they’ll move on to someone else.

It’s so important in the heat of the moment, when you are feeling hurt and angry, to practice having a productive response vs. an emotional one. This is not easy, but it is the foundation for dealing with any of these types of attacks.

In the webinar we covered some tactics to bolster your confidence, and make yourself no fun to bully — so they move on.

Saboteurs require secrecy

The reason sabotage only happens behind the scenes is because that’s the only way it works. If you suddenly shine the spotlight on it, and hold the saboteur responsible for business outcomes instead of secret gossip, they lose their power.

We talked about some specific ways to get the information out into the open so it can’t hurt you.

Be aware, and have a plan

If you are dealing with someone who is undermining you and putting you down, you must have a proactive plan to preserve your sanity and confidence, and counter the attacks in a productive way.

It certainly helps to have mentors and sponsors in the mix, but you should also be planning your interactions with this person. Don’t leave it to chance and see what happens next time. Be ready.

Worksheets included

This webinar also includes some worksheets to help plan your approach:

  • Prepare for bully situations
  • Prepare to unravel sabotage with facts
  • Resources for dealing with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

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With a membership, for just $179 for a whole year, you can get access to everything in the member library.

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As a member, just on this topic alone, you can also get related webinars for free on:

  • Influencing Difficult People
  • Executive Presence
  • Managing Your Boss
  • Professional Networking and Mentors
  • Confidence and Your Personal Brand
  • So you might as well join and get them all for free!

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