I try to keep potentially offensive language out of my posts and recommendations in order to keep the focus on the message. It is extremly easy for many to miss the point of a conversation, debate, or argument because they do not like the words being used. It is unfortunate but a fact. Sometime there are things that can be said in no other way. Ideas that lose meaning if we water down the words. This post is, in my opinion, one of those things. I ask you to look past the chosen words and listen to what is being said.
Even as adults, we still have to deal with bullies, at work and otherwise. Stanford Professor Bob Sutton has devoted his career to studying organizational behavior and dysfunction, and lately, figuring out how we can avoid or deal with people who demean, disrespect and drain those around them. The professor of management science and engineering draws on academic research and anecdotes included in his new book, “The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.”