Podcast - Episode 7 Part 1 - "All Voices Will Be Heard" with Workplace Bullying Expert Linda Crockett

 

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October is National bullying prevention month & this week, October 18-24 is Freedom From Workplace Bullies week in the US & Workplace Bullying Awareness Week in Canada.

So in Part 1 of this Episode with Linda Crockett, I begin by sharing my personal workplace abuse experience in the nonprofit sector and how the Board of Directors failed miserably in its fiduciary responsibilities. I also share a fantastic experience I had recently on a virtual call with David Neal of The Eighth Mile Consulting in Brisbane, Australia.

Linda starts out by sharing her personal journey as a Social Worker who was, unbeknownst to her, bullied for over twenty years in multiple sectors including healthcare, nonprofit & government. She explains that it felt like she had a dark cloud hanging over her, that every time she spoke up in defense of someone or something that wasn’t right, her work life became more and more difficult until she finally moved on, only to have the same thing happen over and over again. How is that possible, you ask, for someone with 20 years of experience identifying abuse and helping others to cope with it, to not be able to see that she herself was a victim? Linda explains that painful revelation and how, in time, it sparked a fire in her soul to provide the help she couldn’t find, at a time she sorely needed it, for others. She goes on to share the work she and others did to effect change in their province of Alberta, Canada to protect victims of workplace bullying. 

Linda chose, after careful deliberation, to launch her company on her own, rather than as a non-profit entity. She literally put her life savings on the line for a cause she felt needed a platform, despite severe financial cost to herself and her family. 

Her slogan is “All Voices Will Be Heard”

Linda also defines what IS and what IS NOT considered workplace bullying and how to identify it. She also shares tips on what people should do if they suspect, or are confused, concerned, or fearful about reporting abuse. She answers the questions: 

What do targets experience? 

What do bystanders experience? 

She also shares a story about a perpetrator that she treated successfully – YES, there IS hope for some bullies!

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ABOUT MY GUEST Linda Crockett

Linda Crockett is a certified trauma therapist and social worker with 32 years of experience in her profession. After experiencing workplace bullying and receiving a diagnosis of PTSD as a result, she discovered there were no resources available to people suffering from this workplace abuse. Linda then completed her master’s degree specializing in this area and became a longstanding member of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment. She is also a proud alumnus of the Workplace Bullying Institute in the USA.

In 2010 she pioneered the first full service, workplace bullying resource centre in Canada. Linda offers services from consults to assessments, training for leaders and staff, advocacy, and coaching. On the private practise side of her business, Linda provides specialized treatment for those who are harmed, and a specialize rehab program for those doing the harming. Her philosophy is that we must provide education and treatment for all parties, or we will never fully resolve this abuse. Linda has lobbied for changes in policies, legislation, and with this now obtained in Alberta Canada, she is now working on establishing standards for investigations relating to workplace psychological harassment or psychological violence.

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ABOUT THE HOST Michelle Horlbogen
Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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Podcast - Episode 6 - Conflict Resolution and Emergency Management During Covid-19 with Dr. Bina Patel

 

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In this fascinating episode, I had the privilege of virtually sitting down with Dr. Bina Patel. Dr. Patel specializes in conflict resolution and organizational health, working in emergency management. She provides conflict management services to reduce workforce turnover, increase morale, and decrease costs in organizational systems - no small feat during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We discuss everything from how difficult it is to self-isolate at a time when, as human beings, we all so desperately crave the comfort of companionship, to the incredible bravery and self-sacrifice of those working on the front-lines during the pandemic. How leaders are born of adversity and why Transformational Leadership, not Traditional Top-Down Leadership, is the key to managing teams and coming out the other side of this intact.

Dr. Patel also shares a personal story of a time that she was trapped in a toxic workplace culture with toxic leadership. Her insights on what drives people who get a little bit of power, or a title, to abuse that power in an autocratic way rather than use it to help and inspire others is powerful stuff. We also discuss the breakdown of trust in organizations - citing the example of the staff walk-out at a nursing home in Riverside, CA that was in the news - and how that is a reflection of poor leadership and of an environment that was already broken, exacerbating the fear of the staff rather than quelling it.

We wrap up the episode with Dr. Patel sharing what she feels is the most important quality of a gentlewoman to emulate today - you're going to love her choice!

While the topics we discussed were on the heavy side, we still were able to find joy and laughter in the hour we spent together - something that is so critical for our mental health right now. She was a delightful, insightful, and thoughtful guest - I hope you enjoy this episode.

ABOUT MY GUEST Dr. Bina Patel

In addition to her work in Emergency Management, Dr. Patel has a consulting practice, Transformational Paradigms, providing leadership executive consulting to C-Suite teams on establishing healthy workplace cultures. She also provides leadership and career coaching to upcoming leaders in an organization and millennials entering the workplace. Dr. Patel is an author, public speaker, and consultant. She has published several case studies related to workplace diversity, multiculturalism and racism in the workplace, as well as female suicide terrorism. Dr. Patel's book on Female Suicide Terrorism: Understanding the Radicalization Process focuses on human behavior. She is due to publish her next book very soon. 

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ABOUT THE HOST : Michelle Horlbogen
Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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Podcast - Episode 5 - Raising Awareness on Workplace Bullying & Accountability with Heidi Lynne Kurter

 

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In today's episode, I was delighted to have one of my favorite voices on the topic of workplace culture as my guest: Heidi Lynne Kurter.

Heidi shares her personal story of being the target of a relentless workplace bully as well as other very painful losses she's endured; her harrowing story had me in tears, so have tissues ready.

The day her female workplace bully thought SHE won, Heidi left work and went home and wrote her very first article for Forbes about workplace bullying. That brave pivot at a devastating time was the start of an incredible journey for Heidi and she hasn't looked back since. As always, we wrap up the episode with Heidi sharing what she feels is the most important quality of a gentlewoman to emulate today - her choice is spot on, especially as the pandemic rages on around us.

I just know this episode is going to resonate with so many of you. If you are being bullied at work, at school or even at home, please KNOW you are not alone, we are here for you!

ABOUT MY GUEST: Heidi Lynne Kurter

Heidi is a Senior Contributor for Forbes and a Contributor for the Philadelphia Business Journal. She's a Leadership Coach and Workplace Culture Consultant helping repair toxic cultures and develop managers into impactful leaders. Heidi is a domestic violence mentor, a volunteer leadership coach for Babson College students and an active activist and advocate against workplace bullying.

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Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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Podcast - Episode 4 - Leading Professionally & Personally During Times of Crisis with Trey Griggs

 

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Lyrics from John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me" have been running through my mind over the last few weeks: "Strange Days Indeed - Most Peculiar, Mama..."

The swiftness with which the CoVid-19 pandemic came in upon us has had a startling and unprecedented effect on humanity and life as we've all known it. In Episode 4 with Mr. Trey Griggs, we talk about how the demand upon leaders has skyrocketed as they face challenges most would never have anticipated in their lifetimes. How Leadership in the family is equally as critical during this crisis and how the tone set by parents can be a game-changer for our children, who are far less prepared to cope with such shocking changes in their world. We discuss the importance of teaching our children social responsibility, striving for excellence but not perfection, how being a "Generalist" rather than a "Specialist" can be a saving grace, and how even during times of fear, true leaders are revealed and step up to the call to serve others.

We wrap up the episode with Trey sharing what he feels is the most important quality of a gentleman to emulate today - hint: it's probably one of the most difficult to master but so important!

ABOUT MY GUEST Trey Griggs

Trey Griggs is a classic jack-of-all-trades, master of none character. From teaching high school physics to flipping homes, there aren’t too many jobs Trey hasn’t attempted, and, according to him, he’s enjoyed just about every one of them. Trey currently works within the transportation industry as a technology consultant and an industry personality, often incorporating the skills he’s acquired in his previous roles to entertain, educate, and inspire those around him. His passion is helping people live a more enjoyable, fulfilling life, and he sees technology as a main driver to accomplishing those goals.

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ABOUT THE HOST: Michelle Horlbogen
Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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Podcast - Episode 3 - "An Advocacy Platform For Proper Workplace Culture" with Michelle Horlbogen of The Gentlewoman Boss (Guest on Radio Entrepreneurs)

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“An Advocacy Platform For Proper Workplace Culture” with Michelle Horlbogen of The Gentlewoman Boss

In Episode 3 of my Podcast, the tables turn and I'm the guest on Radio Entrepreneurs, located just outside of Boston in Natick, MA. Radio Entrepreneurs shares the stories of entrepreneurs in the interest of giving more exposure to innovative and fast moving companies while creating a knowledge pool for the enrichment of the entrepreneurial community around the world. Their mission is to bring real entrepreneurial stories to a wider public and to have the best audience for business radio, one listener at a time.

I was interviewed by the show's Executive Producer and absolute gentleman, Nathan Gobes. We discuss, among many other things, the importance of accountability in leadership, how critical it is for employees to feel safe and have safe channels to report issues & grievances, and how important workplace culture is in year 2020. 

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ABOUT THE HOST: Michelle Horlbogen

Two days after reporting ethical concerns to her employer, Michelle was fired. Six months later she launched her website and podcast as a platform for whistleblowers and targets of workplace bullying and retaliation.
As a writer, podcast host and speaker, Michelle helps people who have been targets of workplace bullies find their voice by leading with transparency about her own experience, making herself accessible to them as a mentor, writing and sharing empowering material and content about workplace abuse and board accountability, as well as speaking publicly on the topic.
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