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Can you recognise a bully in the ranks? Use this table to spot the serial bully in your organisation. How much damage is this employee doing to your business, your productivity, your profitability?
|Has a good appreciation of short, medium and long term needs, goals and strategy||Rigidly short term, often no more than 24 hours|
|Accepts responsibility||Abdicates responsibility|
|Shares credit||Plagiarises, takes all the credit|
|Acknowledges failings||Denies failings, always blames others|
|Learns from experience and applies knowledge gained from experience to improve business, communication, language and interpersonal skills||Has a learning blindness, cannot apply knowledge gained from experience except how to be more devious, manipulative, and how to better evade accountability|
|Consistent||Inconsistent, random, impulsive|
|Fair, treats all equally||Inconsistent, always critical, singles people out, shows favouritism|
|Respectful and considerate||Disrespectful and inconsiderate|
|Seeks and retains people more knowledgeable and experienced than self||Favours weaker employees, recruits henchmen and toadying types|
|Values others||Unable to value, constantly devalues others|
|Includes everyone||Includes and excludes people selectively|
|Leads by example||Dominates, sets a poor example|
|Truthful||Economical, uses distortion and fabrication|
|Behaviourally mature||Behaviourally immature|
|Emotionally mature, high EQ (emotional intelligence)||Emotionally immature, very low EQ (emotional intelligence)|
|Good interpersonal skills||Poor interpersonal skills|
|Good etiquette||Poor etiquette|
|Balanced objectivity||Exclusive self-interest|
|Cares about staff, the business, etc||Cares only about self|
|Respects clients||Is contemptuous of clients|
|Gets on well with people at all levels and from all backgrounds||Identifies only with clones of himself or herself|
|Builds team spirit||Divisive, uses manipulation and threat|
|Uses influencing skills||Alienates, divides, creates fear and uncertainty|
|Listens, guides, instructs||Tells|
|Has high expectations (that staff will do well)||Has low expectations of everybody|
|Shares fairly||Controls and subjugates|
|Shares information freely||Withholds information, releases selectively, uses information as a weapon|
|Always strives for clarity||Revels in confusion, divide and rule etc|
|Allows and trusts people to get on with the job||Constantly interfering, dictating and controlling|
|Only addresses genuine performance issues and then focuses on performance and behaviour||Makes false claims about alleged underperformance and focuses on the person, not behaviour or performance|
|Focused on the future||Obsessed with the past|
|Sets a good example||Sets a bad example|
|Has good moral code and moral integrity||Amoral behaviour, no integrity|
|Has honesty and integrity||Exhibits hypocrisy and duplicity|
|Rarely uses the disciplinary procedures||Frequently imposes verbal warnings and written warning without justification|
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