Is Bullying A Feature Or A Bug?

This looks interesting: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.

This is the description of the book:
The No Asshole Rule was awarded a Quill Award as the Best Business Book of 2007.

When Robert Sutton’s “No Asshole Rule” appeared in the Harvard Business Review, readers of this staid publication were amazed at the outpouring of support for this landmark essay. The idea was based on the notion, as adapted in hugely successful companies like Google and SAS, that employees with malicious intents or negative attitudes destroyed any sort of productive and pleasant working environment, and would hinder the entire operation’s success.

Now using case studies from these and many more corporations that have had unquestioned success using variations of “The No Asshole Rule,” Sutton’s book aims to show managers that by hiring mean-spirited employees – regardless of talent – saps energy from everyone who must deal with said new hires.

FEATURING A NEW CHAPTER ON THE RULE AND ITS SURPRISING IMPACT! In this new version of The No Asshole Rule, Bob Sutton provides an uproarious account of the world-wide reaction to his best-selling book. As he writes: “I didn’t plan it. I never wanted it. I didn’t believe it at first. And it still make me squirm.” Sutton’s talking about having been branded as “the asshole guy.” But beyond the initial shock value of the provocative title, Sutton’s epilogue goes on to detail the kind of impact this important book has had on corporate organizations and employees everywhere. His book has provided a major wake-up call to those individuals in the business world and beyond who somehow have lost sight that a little civility goes a long, long way when it comes to dealing with our fellow human beings – and leading an effective organization. This is one epilogue that is definitely worth reading.

There is a blog post discussing this here:

The 7 Ways Organizations Justify Bullying in The Workplace

…The potential for individuals within organizations to behave unethically is limitless. Unfortunately, this potential is too frequently realized. If these types of incidents are dealt with in the heat of the moment, not only can they be corrected immediately but you also send a signal throughout the organization that this will not be tolerated. It is like a pebble tossed into the water that sends out larger ripples.

Bullying in school is the training ground for bullying in the organization….

Shall we discuss the Internet?

Hat Tip: Amanda Temple