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How To Bring Down A Bully Or Extortionist - Lessons From Jeff Bezos, Nancy Pelosi And More

Leadership, "Reputation Matters," Forbes, February 11, 2019

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Sometimes it takes the richest man in the world to bring down a bully; sometimes, the Speaker of the House. But this is what heroes are made of.

Lately as a nation and world we've been idolizing a lot of adult bullies. We're not talking about the schoolyard anymore: From reality TV shows like The Apprentice ("you're fired") and Survivor to the White House and the National Enquirer — we seem to like our power misused and abused — taking advantage of those weaker, poorer, kinder, in trouble, or with a disability or two. Compassion seems to have flown out the window as survival of the nastiest prevails.

This does a number on our soul, of course. But few people — including religious figures — have been able to turn it around. Until Jeff Bezos and Nancy Pelosi. Both hugely powerful, rich (mega rich in Bezos's case) and successful in their own rights — they are charting a roadmap for how you can challenge a bully and win. So whether it's the current president or his tabloid-publishing buddy, or your boss, co-worker, client or relative, here are some new ideas on how to publicly vanquish a bully. [...read more]

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