To deal with intimidating
The use of power, authority, position and status to intimidate workers into compliance is, at many companies, considered to be one of the most effective of management’s bag of coercive tools.
Respect for authority, position and status is fine, but using them to intimidate others into submissive acquiescence is quite another thing.
The question is not whether we will face intimidation – we will – but how we will confront it.
This may not be easy (actually it is), but it is the only way to avoid the feeling of being chained to an oar of a slave-galley; otherwise known as the corporate world.
Fighting Intimidation with Intimidation Over 45 years of business experience gave me a front row seat to observe all the tricks and treats of intimidation in business.
So the first step to dealing with intimidation in the workplace is to recognize that it is thrust upon us from a sense of insecurity and weakness, rather than confidence and strength.
Once we recognize the purpose of intimidation, we are well on our way to thwarting its impact.
Like a mirror used to reflect and increase the power of the sun, intimidation reflected back on intimidator magnifies its impact.