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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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PROLOGUE

Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.

—THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Our decision to write this book began with the nightly news.

It was November 2013, and Keith Olbermann was breaking the Bullygate story about the National Football League (NFL) team the Miami Dolphins.1 On an almost daily basis, Richie Incognito and two other fellow offensive linemen, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, taunted Jonathan Martin, calling him names and using racist epithets as well as derogatory and homophobic language. They made jokes about slavery and obscene statements about his sister, and they touched him improperly.2 The sociopathic bullying got so bad that Incognito even left threatening phone messages on Martin’s phone:

“Hey, what’s ...

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