Category Archive: Gossip

I Had a Boss Who Poisoned Relationships

Every word you say to yourself and others matters. Gossiping manager: I had a boss who poisoned relationships. She bad-mouthed support staff. My mirror neurons made it natural to agree. Gossip ignites tension.… Continue reading

7 Ways to Stop Gossip Vampires

Few leaders do anything about gossip vampires. Gossip is a tool for personal advantage, self-justification, and helpless complaint. If relationships produce results, gossip is expensive. Gossip vampires: Suck the life out of relationships.… Continue reading

7 Ways to Gossip Like a Leader

Malicious gossip builds silos and weakens relationships. There’s research that says gossip has a good side. But I’ve heard people crying in their cubicles because of rumors. Teams move in the direction of… Continue reading

How Haters and Supporters Produce the Same Results

Compassionate supporters and negative haters often employ similar behaviors that produce the same results. Haters and supporters: Haters gossip and backstab in the shadows. But when it’s time to work on improving someone’s… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Gossip in a Small Business

Dear Dan, I have recently entered a new job and have really seen the negative influence gossip is having. Not really sure what to do being the newbie? What are you thoughts? It… Continue reading

3 Strategies to Fuel Vitality and Eliminate Gossip

Gossip makes weak leaders feel powerful. It’s foolish to undermine the people you’re counting on. Strong teams aren’t built by spreading venom, focusing on weaknesses, or dredging up animosity.  Real leaders don’t feel strong… Continue reading