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The Bully-Proof Workplace: Essential Strategies, Tips, and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath by Molly D. Shepard, Peter J. Dean

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HOW TO ENGAGE THE BLOCKER

You will never reach higher ground if you are always pushing others down.

—JEFFREY BENJAMIN,

Real Life Habits for Success

It is important to remember that the Blocker is most likely a perfectionist who is dealing with a lot of fear: a fear of failure and a fear of lack of control. Although his bullying may be targeted, the target should try not to take the blocking personally. Dealing with Blockers is usually best when it is immediate and in the moment because they usually do their blocking in meetings when people are trying to get things done. If allowed to block ideas as they are being shared, the Blocker will only pick up steam, and soon others will copy the behavior. When blocked in a meeting, you should come back ...

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