What are the three most powerful words in the English language? No, I’m not pitching the newest Kate Hudson movie. I’m talking about one of the boldest phrases you can ever utter in a business (or personal) setting.
“I did it.” Commonly preceded by “Oops,” this is one phrase often lacking in our busy lives. It’s so easy to blame others, the weather, technology, the dog or whatever that we sometimes seem to forget the ugly truth. Sometimes we make mistakes.
If you think bullying only takes place in the play yard at grade school, forget it. Think about the co-worker who makes your life miserable by backstabbing, lies about you or your department, or running to the boss with tales about your “mess-ups,” all geared toward them achieving their own agenda. How about the boss whose behavior can be so outrageous you wonder if there’s a “kick me” target on your back? If you’ve been in the work world any length of time, you’ve no doubt encountered bullying behavior of one sort or another. Most of us have—or will at some point in our careers. Even if you usually figure out a way to work with Mr./Ms. Crazy—or at least put up with them—you’re still left feeling wrung out.