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The Toxic Handler: Organizational Hero—and Casualty

The Toxic Handler: Organizational Hero—and Casualty | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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Amazon.com: Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military eBook: George E. Reed: Kindle Store

Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military - Kindle edition by George E. Reed. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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I received my copy yesterday.  

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Toxic Leadership in Military Review

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This was my first attempt to explain the phenomenon now known as Toxic Leadership. It kind of took off from there. 

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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

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Second in a series of explorations of toxic leadership in military organizations. 

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Leadership and Systems Thinking

This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.
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Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72

The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An administrator examines the war colleges and the joint professional military education institutions and calls on the schools to employ the optimal mix of military and civilian faculty to encourage the rise of new thinking in vital areas and...
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This was my attempt to provide some additional perspective to the debate about the relevancy and effectiveness of the war colleges. I wanted to share some insights from having been a student and faculty member in the system of professional military education as well as a faculty member and administrator in non-military settings. I hope it provokes some discussion, especially with regard to policies and procedures relating to the faculty.

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Air and Space Power Journal: Toxic Leadership, Unit Climate, and Organizational Effectiveness

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I was asked to write this one for the Air and Space Power Journal. It is good to see some interest from the Air Force. 

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UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss

UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS – Having a boss who bullies and belittles does more than make for a long day. A bad boss can result in unhealthy personal stress levels as well as decreases in both work effort and…
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Just doing my part to help get the word out.
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Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership

Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
(2014). Expressing Loyal Dissent. Public Integrity: Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 5-18.
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This one is just out. An exploration of how we might approach balancing loyalty to supervisors and the need to speak truth to power. 

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UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases

UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –An associate dean of the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego and former faculty member at the ...
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I am looking forward to serving the good people of the university and Southern Colorado.

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Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Read Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers’ effectiveness
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I thought the author did a fine job with this article. It can be difficult to summarize a presentation that lasts over an hour, but I think this one hit many of the high points of my presentation. 

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Reed presents at Pentagon

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George Reed, dean, School of Public Affairs, delivered “Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military” Oct. 15 at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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I should not be allowed to have that much fun. 

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Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership — Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer

Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership — Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Dr. Col George Reed: US Military Toxic Leadership -- Pervasive, Known by Name, Ignored, Fatal Cancer http://t.co/efVeJBfHic via @phibiblog
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It is always gratifying to see work in this area acknowledged. 

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When Bullies Become Bosses: TheBullyExposed.com

When Bullies Become Bosses: TheBullyExposed.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The Documentary Exposing Bullying in the Workplace
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Film could make a real contribution to our understanding of toxic leadership. 
 
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Bosses Who Bully Poison the Workplace - MedicineNet

Bosses Who Bully Poison the Workplace - MedicineNet | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Abusive bosses not only cause misery for the employees they target, but they also poison the work environment for the victims' co-workers, a new study indicates.
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That's why we call them "toxic leaders." They are like poison to an organization and its members.
 
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BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation

BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation https://t.co/KUQn9ZDBL6
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There have always been legal ramifications for workplace bullying, but it appears they are increasing in application. 
 
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Open Letter to The All Bad Bosses Out There

Open Letter to The All Bad Bosses Out There | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Don’t be a bully: Let me just begin by stating that life’s too short for your bullying behavior. My life is too short to just wait for a mere appraisal from you. My contributions have the same value…
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Will an "open letter" reach those who need to read it the most?
 
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8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit

8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Avoid these critical leadership mistakes (or these bosses) if you want to thrive.
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Personnel management seeks to treat employees fairly and equitably. Talent management requires attention to the needs, wants, and desires of your best and brightest.
 
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We overvalue the 80% instead of the 20%. In schools, that is an ethical challenge.
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Symptoms of narcissism. Malignant narcissist.

Symptoms of narcissism. Malignant narcissist. | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Awareness of the symptoms of narcissism will help you from being caught out.
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Narcissism and toxic leadership are closely related.
 
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‘Bully’ boss charged in death of teen who committed suicide

‘Bully’ boss charged in death of teen who committed suicide | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The manager of a Dairy Queen in Missouri has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a teenager who endured rampant bullying at work and school — until he finally pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.

A coroner’s jury in Howard County ruled on Tuesday that Kenneth Suttner’s Dec. 21 suicide was caused by involuntary manslaughter after years of bullying at school and at a Dairy Queen in Fayette, where the 17-year-old was repeatedly harassed and ridiculed by his former manager, Harley Branham, <a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/crime/inquest-finds-teen-s-suicide-caused-by-bullying-at-work/article_6b4ec3e4-94e8-5696-b854-9ff48cf768f1.html"; target="_blank">the Columbia Daily Tribune reported</a>.

While on the job, Branham repeatedly bullied the teen — even forcing him to clean the floor by hand while lying on his stomach, and throwing a cheeseburger at the teen when he made it incorrectly, former co-workers testified.

Branham, 21, denied harassing the teen, saying none of his actions was intended to demean or demoralize him. Any insults were lighthearted and meant in jest, she testified.

“There’s a lot of people at Dairy Queen saying I was the reason [Suttner killed himself],” Branham said. “But I don’t understand why it would be that way.”

Branham — who later was fired from the ice cream shop for unrelated reasons — admitted calling Suttner an “a--hole” at least once, but claimed it was intended in a playful manner, <a href="http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/bullying-seen-as-cause-in-the-suicide-of--year/article_0a18d14e-e815-11e6-8f85-c77fabe621da.html"; target="_blank">the Columbian Missourian reports</a>.

After six hours of testimony, a six-person jury of five men and a woman returned a recommendation that Branham be indicted for felony involuntary manslaughter. State law allows for a coroner to ask for an inquest into the manner and cause of a person’s death and Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler wanted the jury to determine whether Suttner’s death was the result of a crime or an accident.

Allison Bennett, who worked with Suttner at the Dairy Queen, said he was frequently harassed at work, often to the point that he would go outside and cry. He was also targeted by bullies at school, where a former classmate from Glasgow High School testified that she saw Suttner tormented hundreds of times.

“Kenny spent his life trying to tolerate negative words and actions,” said Mary Korte, the mother of one of Suttner’s friends, according to the Missourian.

Lexie Graves, who told jurors Suttner was her best friend, testified that she saw students pick on the teen for “basically everything about him,” including his weight and speech impediment, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Graves said she reported the bullying only once because it typically led nowhere. The girl’s mother also testified that her son was bullied at the school as well, and at least on one occasion by a teacher who also ridiculed Suttner. Subsequent meetings with school administrators solved nothing, she testified, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Jurors concluded that Branham was the “principal in the cause of death” and that Dairy Queen negligently failed to properly train employees on issues pertaining to harassment, according to the inquest’s verdict form obtained by the Associated Press. Jurors also found that Glasgow Public Schools was negligent in failing to prevent bullying.

Dairy Queen, meanwhile, said a franchisee independently owns and operates the restaurant where Suttner worked on Cleveland Street in Fayette, a town of roughly 2,700 people.

"We first learned of the situation today and our thoughts and prayers are with the family," the company said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. "We are still in the process of gathering information but understand from the franchisee that the manager is no longer employed at this location."

Flaspohler, the county coroner, said Tuesday’s hearing was just the fifth time he had called an inquest in his 24 years in the position. He decided to seek an inquest — which is similar to a grand jury, but is public — because bullying is a public safety issue, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

“If we don’t take care of bullying, we’re going to have more of these,” he said.

Branham was charged Wednesday with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, according to the Associated Press. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.

April Wilson, a special prosecutor handling the case, said before filing the charge that authorities wanted to be “very cautious and responsible” in the case.

“Both sides of the issue are extremely important,” Wilson said, according to the Associated Press. “A young man is dead. But we also want to acknowledge that it’s not easy being in public education.”

Shortly after the charges were read, Wilson read a statement from the family to reporters.

“They really feel that was Kenny’s voice today, and they feel like it’s justice for Kenny,” Wilson said.
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Involuntary manslaughter charges for bullying employees at work. That's a new one.
 
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7 Signs You're Burned Out at Work

7 Signs You're Burned Out at Work | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Plus: 7 ways to snap out of your funk
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Tiredness and burnout can creep up on you. Learn the signs and address them before exhaustion or other more serious symptoms manifest themselves. 
 
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Standing Up Against the Bully

Standing Up Against the Bully | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I was bullied intermittently throughout my childhood, but in seventh grade it became particularly severe. One boy named Tim bullied me daily until I came up with the idea to pay him a cookie at lunch in order to turn him from my tormentor into my protector.
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Standing up to a bully in the workplace is not always a good option. There can be safety in numbers, but there can also be consequences from inciting a mutiny. Cuidado. 
 
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Five Major Types of Bullying — and How to Stop Them

Five Major Types of Bullying — and How to Stop Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Here are four common (and one surprising) tactics bullies employ to extort undue influence and power.
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Just understand that standing up to bully as you might with a child on the playground might not be the best approach. 

 
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The 6 Sins Of Bad Managers

The 6 Sins Of Bad Managers | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way. -Tina Fey Sounds simple, right? Wrong! Being a manager couldn’t be more difficult. Well, let me rephrase: Being a good manager couldn’t be more difficult. Being a bad manager is pretty easy. But even if
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I submit there are many more than six sins of bad managers, but I wouldn't disagree with any on this list. 
 
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Leading Higher » The Antidote to the Toxic Workplace

Leading Higher » The Antidote to the Toxic Workplace | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
RT @StefaniYorges: The Antidote to the Toxic Workplace https://t.co/4G0XboLZ5d #leadership #positive https://t.co/ZpLHdbolmT
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A focus on the negative seems to be preeminent in toxic leadership situations. Appreciative leadership can be a potential antidote.
 
 
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How Blame, Accusation, and a Culture of Criticism Can Kill Your Company

How Blame, Accusation, and a Culture of Criticism Can Kill Your Company | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You are driving employees to the exit sign. Here's how to change (and why you should).
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Nobody wins when the blame game is played. Accountability and learning from mistakes is a good thing, but a culture of criticism is harmful over the long run.

 
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