When my son was a little boy, he had a friend who was scared of clowns. Whenever his friend slept over, we had to look under the bed, open the closets and check assorted spaces to make sure there were no clowns in hiding.
Some may think this is silly. After all, adults know that clowns are people dressed up in puffy clothes. But to my son’s friend, these clowns were very real. And if they were real to him, it was important to let him know we believed him and that they were real to us too.
What clowns do you know? Are they hiding in your office cubicles or do they just unabashedly torment you out in the open? Are you the only one who sees them or are they real to others too? [Read more…] about A confident, commanding presence can deflect workplace bullies