An attack is launched! Fear breaks out!
In the workplace – at a meeting of volunteers – in a group of some sort – after millions of years of existence, we still don’t seem to know how to deal with them. That one person – the bully – who has been allowed all their lives to bully!
In the workplace, these bullies destroy productivity because everyone is on guard all the time about everything that is said and done. No one knows when the bully will target any particular individual and “nail that person” with something in order to agrandise the bully’s own ego. Bullies claw and scratch people’s eyes out, figuratively. Quite often these bullies become the boss because of their talent for turning on the charm to get what they want. But look out – they’ll turn on you the minute they don’t need you any more!
The incidious set up is this: it is made to look like a problem between two people – the bully and their target. The bully seems credible in the accusations citing ‘authorities” to back up the arguments against the other person if necessary. But, since no one else at that particular moment is the target, no one else gets involved and the boss often doesn’t intervene as the boss should.
If you have had experience with them, you know the signs. They pick on minor mistakes and they focus, usually, on one or two people at a time – usually one – after all, it must look like a feud between two people. Why? Because these bullies are usually cowards and will back down if they are confronted by a group of people. Nobody ever said these bullies were stupid – they know the strategy. The bully knows that if you get everyone angry with you the game is lost.
Everyone fears them – that’s the way they set it up because one after another, they get rid of their target. People get the message. These bullies usually surround themselves with people just like themselves so often they run as a “pack” both internally and externally.
It doesn’t take much to provoke bullies – just standing up for what you believe in will be enough to set them off! The bully watches every single action and analyzes every single word intently and, when a mistake happens, they pounce with great force – they know how to twist the rules to their “side of the story”. They sound so convincing too – they get people fired at worse, and at best, there are a lot of miserable people.
In organizations, especially volunteer organizations, they get themselves ingrained into the fabric as the “authority” of the organization. And, again, they bring destruction to these groups too. Again, no one stands up to them for a completely different set of reasons.
Bullies care about nothing. They care about no one. They are totally void of empathy, compassion and consideration for others. They are always all consumed with what they want and getting it. If you’re the person standing in their way or standing up against them, you’ll be targeted to be removed one way or another.
The time bullies waste – their own and everyone else’s – is gigantic!
Once in a while, some person in a group is smart enough to spot the bullies early in the game. They’ve seen it before or been the victim of such an attack. They don’t fear. They know how the game is played. And this person knows what to do and quickly too – there is no time to waste to get rid of these bulllies! If they are the boss, the bully is fired. If not, then the person turns the table on the bully or uses their influence with the group to get rid of the bully. The bully is ousted! And everyone cheers!
The terror is not over, however. The bully moves on to other groups to orchestrate the reign of terror all over again – because it’s about ego – it’s not about anything else – they know few will stand up to them.
If people learned, as a group, to stand up to these bullies early before the trail of destruction happens, we would all save a tremendous amount of time and stress!