New Publication: Smart strategies for managing workplace bullies out of your life and business


An alarming number of employees suffer from bullying at work.  The cost of bullying is enormous—from the lost productivity, trust, and well-being among workers to the expense of replacing people who leave, increased healthcare, and litigation.  It doesn’t have to be this way.

THE BULLY-PROOF WORKPLACE: Essential Strategies, Tips, and Scrips for Dealing with the Office Sociopath is designed to help alleviate this damaging workplace trend.  This invaluable survival guide provides strategies, actionable advice, and sample dialogues to engage the different types of bullies, manage aggressive employees, and create a bully-proof environment.

Leading consultants Peter Dean and Molly Shepard have helped vanquish workplace bullying and now share their proven methods with you. In The Bully-Proof Workplace, they provide vital insight into the four major types of bullies:

  • The Belier | Weapons of choice: slander, deception, and gossip
  • The Blocker | Weapons of choice: negativity and inflexibility
  • The Braggart | Weapons of choice: narcissism and a sense of superiority
  • The Brute | Weapons of choice: aggression and intimidation

These bullies may operate differently, but they all have one thing in common: a desperate need for control based on deep-seated fear and insecurity. Managers learn how to identify bullying, deal with it swiftly, and introduce zero tolerance for such behavior. And executives gain the information they need to create a corporate policy regarding bullying.

We spend about 60 percent of our waking moments at work. Spending that much time under the thumb of a bully and dealing with the negative business effects of bad behavior is simply unacceptable. Whether you’re a victim of bullying or a business leader tasked with building a collaborative corporate culture, The Bully-Free Workplace provides the critical insight and practical tools you need to successfully combat this ubiquitous but rarely addressed business challenge, and ensure that bullies behave―or leave―so you and everyone else can get on with your work.

About the Authors:

Peter J. Dean, MS, PhD, and Molly D. Shepard, MS, MSM, are partners at the Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, a leadership development and executive coaching firm that helps C-suite, executive, and high-potential leaders enhance their skills, including the ability to embrace, understand, and leverage the complexities inherent in the modern workforce.

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