Bullying Collides with the Connection Economy, Creating Collateral Damage
Bullies have been in the news this year – from mayors of major cities (Toronto) to governors of major states (New Jersey) to athletes of major sports teams (the Miami Dolphins).
Seth Godin makes a compelling case for reigning in bullying behavior in a recent blog entry. Some excerpts:
…The zero-sum game of world domination or even of the gridiron seems to reward the selfish, war-like domination that the bully embraces. But in the connection economy, the world of our future, it’s pretty clear that we’re not playing a zero-sum game, and the hawkish win-at-all-costs behavior of the bully is actually a significant cost, not an asset.
The trust economy
…In an economy based on trust and connection, how does the inevitable fraying that the bully causes lead to a positive outcome for the long haul?”