There was been a lot of news coverage about bullying between teammates on the Miami Dolphins. By all accounts, an ugly situation – the team in disarray, sponsors cancelling contracts, season ticket holders cancelling tickets, the Dolphin brand becoming a punch line for comedians’ jokes, and an overall loss of value for the franchise. To my mind, the real story is that so many people were surprised.
The fact is bullying is a real problem in business, and can become a major issue if it’s ignored or unchecked. It’s something that can happen in any business, which successful owners understand and, when necessary, take steps to overcome. Professional footballer players notwithstanding, not all workplace bullies are men. Women can be bullies as well, and are sometimes downright nasty to each other as well as intimidating to men.
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