When Bullying Blocks Innovation

Serving as Vice President of Education for a global anti-bullying organization the face of bullying is always been top of mind for me. From classroom to boardroom, bullies seek to use power and exercise dominance over others. Perhaps the only difference from school yards to work environments is bullying can be re-branded to the more acceptable description of being a tough boss. But do Tough Bosses get better results? Not according to recent studies on workplace culture. “Productivity may rise in the short term, but over time the performance of the staff or team deteriorates, and people quit.” Review this article in the New York Times.


When the CEO gains the reputation of a bully, innovation can be replaced by fear where ideas, opinions and criticisms are held in check to the detriment of the organization. Note: Bullying is not gender specific, though it is perceived that women are more likely to be called out on bullying behaviors.

The Prescription: Creative Problem Solving

This is one reason why Creative Problem Solving is such a key competency for today’s CEO’s in leadership education. http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org/creative-problem-solving/

In the Forums we host for members of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and (EO) the (Entrepreneur’s Organization) creative problem solving is often the theme of Forum Retreats as well as increased self-awareness and a focus on empathy and relationship building. YPO and EO Retreats are ideal to learn and practice Creative Problem Solving or CPS. Each member of the YPO or EO Forum arrives with a personal or business challenge and leaves with the power of creative peer thinking and solution finding. Practical application is key. During the retreat, forum members are trained to facilitate the process back home with their own teams to foster corporate innovation. According to https://forumdestinations.com YPO and EO Forums frequently remark that learning the CPS process greatly enhanced their own organization’s innovation as well as the effectiveness of their Forums.

  • https://forumdestinations.com provides educational training and facilitation of YPO and EO Forum Retreats. The Firm also designs overall retreat agendas including experiential and fun learning adventures in unique retreat destinations.

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