What do you think about ‘killing with kindness’ as a strategy?

kathleenthumbnailHere’s an interesting blog on dealing with bullying behavior. What do you think about ‘killing with kindness’ as a strategy? I’ve found it works sometimes-particularly in a newer relationship with someone who is fearful and defensive. But with someone who uses bully tactics for specific ends (profit, power, getting the sale), then it doesn’t help. You can’t exactly invite your competitor to stop competing! Well you can, but to what end?

Enjoy this one: http://scirecruitment.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/kill-a-workplace-bully-with-kindness/

  • My experience is that it can work, if used with bullies in PUBLIC situations, multiple times. However, my experience with MOST bullies (especially with children) is that it does NOT work. My experience is that after trying kindness 3-4 times, most bullies only understand and respect “a taste of their own medicine.”