Category Archive: Backstabbers

How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil

Stressful times create emotional turmoil. Emotional conflict on the team always hurts and often harms. Leadership includes managing emotion, both your own and others’. How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil: #1. Always… Continue reading

12 Manipulations of Rebels, Fools, and Backstabbers

Novice manipulators are obvious. Skillful manipulators come off as kind and helpful. Avoid being manipulated by spotting the strategies used by manipulators. Strategic manipulation: #1. Pretend you agree when you disagree. #2. Pretend… Continue reading

Seven Tips to Avoid Being Controlled by Manipulators

Leaders who repeatedly complain about the same issue want affirmation, not resolution. Every suggestion you offer to a manipulator is inadequate. Never take up the sword for someone who’s standing on the sideline.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Deal with Two-Faced Backstabbers

Most people want to do good, but a few enjoy doing bad. If you’ve been thrown under the bus, you know what I mean. Skillful backstabbers feign friendship, but they live on the… Continue reading

7 Leader-Leeches Who Drain Everyone

Leeches have suckers at both ends.  Britannica says there are 650 species of leeches. 7 Leader-Leeches: #1. Busy leader-leeches Always in a hurry. (Related to the dreaded squirrel-leech.) Complete low-priority items and delay… Continue reading

How Curiosity Leads You Astray and What to do When it Does

Not all questions express genuine curiosity. #1. Curiosity as resistance: Perfectly intelligent people feign ignorance as an act of subversive resistance. “When I don’t want to do something, I ask my boss lots… Continue reading