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It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
— Albus Dumbledore
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Disrupt the Interruption

What do you do when Chatty Chad or Interrupting Irene won’t shut their trap while you’re eloquently expressing your well-thought-out train of thought? Ask Bossy Skirt, of course. Hear what she has to say about the most effective way to (diplomatically) shut down the bad-mannered blabbering and snatch back the mic. You were saying?

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65% of employees say respectful treatment of all employees at all levels is a very important contributor to their job satisfaction. You don’t say…

The range of acceptable behavior has (unfortunately) expanded exponentially (thanks, politics). So it’s ultimately up to you to stand your ground and demand to be treated with the utmost respect. Their Sorel boots may have been made for walking— but here’s how to make sure they don’t stomp all over you.

Historically, women were (and still are) punished for standing up and speaking out. While the consequences are the subtlest they’ve been, that’s what makes them the most dangerous. In today’s workplace culture, those of us with the strongest opinions and loudest voices are labeled as “difficult” or even “bitchy.” Sticks and stones, love. Keep your chin high and your middle finger higher.

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