Author: Renee Thompson

How Perceived Power Can Lead to Bullying Behavior

Can perceived power lead to bullying behavior? I travel a lot on airplanes and am loyal to one particular airline carrier. I’m loyal for a few reasons: They take care of me if my flight gets delayed or cancelled (even if it means putting me on a different airline), and I get perks: I get onboard early, 3 free checked bags up to 70 lbs, AND I get upgraded to first class frequently. One day, I was sitting in first class, drinking a cup of coffee that the flight attendant so nicely offered, while the other coach passengers were...

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How to Keep Toxic Co-Workers from Poisoning Your Career

I think we can all agree that toxic co-workers lead to a toxic work environment. But what do we do about it? While we can’t control other people’s actions, there are several techniques you can use to keep yourself from losing it while maintaining your work productivity. The majority of these things are based on mental strategy, making them unusually helpful because they rely on you and you alone. Although it can be difficult to be the bigger person 100% of the time, keeping your cool is always in the best interest of your career, and these strategies will...

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The Trifecta Approach to Eradicating Bullying & Incivility

Eradicating bullying and incivility can no longer be left up to chance. What do you do if you’re a healthcare executive and your recent employee engagement data indicates that you have a significant bullying and incivility problem? Do you sigh and say, “Well. That’s just the way it’s always been?” Do you conveniently overlook the comments about how bullying is impacting the overall health and well being of your employees? Do you call a mandatory meeting with your leaders and tell them to “fix this problem” or else? Or, do you take responsibility and do something? Did you know...

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Want to Change Bullying Behavior? Learn Your ABC’s

Maintaining a positive presence can make a huge impact on your nursing career. Yoder-Wise’s article, “The Essence of Presence and How It Enhances a Leader’s Value” describes  three vital components to a positive presence, which can transform negative, bullying behavior into positive, uplifting nursing teams. The ABC’s – Appearance, Behavior, Communication A- Appearance Personal appearance is an often disregarded part of communication and presentation skills. When we are working with the public, we may be representing our organization or just ourselves.  It’s important to remember, it is still YOU on the front line. It is you that the other...

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Got Bullies? Get Rid of Them the Southwest Airlines Way!

You’re probably wondering what bullies have to do with Southwest Airline right about now. Let me elaborate.  I travel 45 out of 52 weeks in a year, which means I spend A LOT of time in airports.  Very often when a flight is almost ready to leave, I’ll hear the gate agent announce the names of the passengers that haven’t boarded yet.  “Gannon, party of 3. Please proceed to gate A2 for immediate departure, etc.” When I hear this, I say a simple prayer that they make it! I’ve missed flights by just a few minutes and know what...

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3 Ways To Stand Up to Workplace Bullying: A Witness Doesn’t Have to be a Bystander

Workplace bullying isn’t something that happens from time to time in terrible organizations filled with awful staff; it’s something that happens in all kinds of organizations with all types of people. Yes, this means even the facility with the highest patient safety ratings filled with friendly and dedicated workers are at risk of participating in the bullying epidemic. Think bullying never happens in a Magnet Organization? Think again. As I travel across the globe talking with nurses who experience and witness bullying and incivility, I’ve noticed something strange. Everyone knows bad behavior when they see it, but it’s rare to...

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What If The Bully Is You?

In all of our talks about bullying have you ever thought the bully may be you? A few years ago I was doing a workshop for nurse leaders on the topic of bullying and incivility. About halfway through, a woman in the back of the room stood up and proclaimed, “I’m the bully.” Her assistant managers, who were sitting on both sides of her, quickly jumped to her defense. “No you’re not. You’re just a bit direct.” This leader again proclaimed, “I’m telling you. I’m the bully. That’s me up there (referring to the list of bullying behaviors on...

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Connect, Share & Raise Awareness During National Bullying Prevention Month!

During the month of October, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention and to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the years to come. This year’s National Bullying Prevention Month marks the 11th anniversary of its initiation by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our workplaces and our communities. Let’s Connect & Share! This year, during National Bullying Prevention Month, I want to bring...

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5 Ways to Stop an Ill-Equipped Leader, Tough Manager, or Bully Boss

The role of the leader, or boss, is becoming more and more important in today’s complex world. We now have multiple generations working alongside each other, increasing reliance on technology, requiring additional learning, diminishing resources and organizational perks, and an increase in stress, burnout, and employees behaving badly. For organizations to succeed, they need strong, resilient leaders who can mitigate these complexities and inspire a collective team of employees who are all aligned and moving towards a common goal. The reality is that we don’t equip leaders with the skills they need to lead their teams; don’t hire the...

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4 Strategies to Battle Leader Burnout

Are you a leader dealing with burnout? Many years ago, I was the manager on a large medical unit and quickly realized that the majority of my employees were toxic. Seriously, they couldn’t keep managers for more than a year. Every day employees would rush into my office and share horrific stories about their co-workers. I would leave work feeling exhausted and felt as though I had NOTHING left to give my family. I only lasted a year and a half, but during my time there a Rabbi would round on my unit almost every day. He would stop...

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