24 Feb Our Bullies Cannot Prevail
Don’t be like Russia. Stop using archaic methods to influence others.
Russia’s insane bombardment is foolish and unsound. Putin thinks it will work for him. That’s the bully MO—keep up the threats until someone fights back. It’s the same at work and at school. You’ve dealt with that before. To the bully, the coercion is rational as long as they get their way. Putin and his allies are bullies pushing their narcissistic, egotistical agendas at the cost of innocent lives. They are destroying history and civilization for control, power, money, and greed. It needs to stop. They are smelling their own fumes and executing the cliche of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Civility— the act of perspective-taking, acceptance, problem-solving, and empathy—needs to rise in the ranks and beat the foolishness of using death and destruction to influence others. It is devastating how quickly we forget the lessons learned from past wars. While we’re still honoring our comrades who gave the ultimate sacrifice from the various wars on terrorism, Putin seems to have forgotten their debacle in Afghanistan and he’s willing to sacrifice his citizens for his own gain.
To many of us, this tragedy is out of our locus of control. Perhaps, though, on some minor level, we can influence decisions or assist in cutting Russia off. Thankfully, we all have the power to support our troops who will once again go into harm’s way to fight for the greater good.
No matter what, we can positively influence those around us. We can be leaders that today’s generations need. Our job is to rise up against bullies and be the empathetic leaders that prioritize our people who willingly contribute their best.
What can we take away from this tragedy?
- Don’t be like Russia. Stop using archaic methods to influence others. Instead, practice civility and compassion.
- Prioritize people, not your ego and purse strings. No one wants to work with you if you don’t put others first.
- We need to hold ourselves and others accountable to do the right thing the right way. Integrity and character have the ability to eliminate tragedy and trauma within the workplace.