The Secret Life of Bullies – Sarah Hussain
“Intelligent, funny and passionately heart-felt.
A book about work-place bullying for the twenty-first century.”
Everything you need to know about how Bullies operate and the workplace culture that sustains them
Sarah Hussain has dedicated this book to her recent employers, without whose blindness, negligence and inaction the book would not have been possible. This gives a clear insight into the motivation behind this social critique and anti self-help manual, which is a comic examination of how the work place Bully goes about his or her business, constantly avoids consequences, and thrives within a blinkered organisation that accepts this behaviour as ‘normal’.
Holding up a distorted mirror to society, the book will enable managers and workers to see the true nature of the culture in which we work. It throws the spotlight on a subject that is prevalent in every aspect of our society today but one which is, too often, never confronted.
The Secret Life of Bullys also breaks the silence – using a tragi-comic perspective – that has long protected the Bully and the culture that supports bullying practices.
This brilliant exposé will have the workplace bullies quaking in their boots.
“Although coming out of personal experience and circumstance, this is a great analysis of a behaviour that is all too common in many spheres of life. The quotations and references are valuable as a stand alone resource.” – A Customer
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE.
GOOD NEWS FOR BULLIES
There has never been a better time to become a workplace Bully.
Bullies are not only tolerated in the 21st -century workplace, they are welcomed and valued by employers.
The towering figure of the Bully and the ruthless efficiency of their bullying subcultures overshadow politics and history. They frame our understanding of socio-economics, of identity and ethics, and permeate every aspect of our culture.
This is of course quite natural (and therefore somehow never acknowledged) in a society with a legacy of imperialism, colonialism, class-conflict, racism, political extremism and religious oppression.
And how could it be otherwise? In our culture we are as enthralled by Bullies as we are obsessed with disasters, terrorism, child abduction and celebrity. In two of the top-grossing TV franchises the outcome at the end of each weekly episode is for a person to be fired or evicted.
We quite unreservedly have been programmed to understand our past and our present in the dichotomous language of Bullies – Hitler, Stalin, Mugabe, Pol Pot, Bush, Bin Laden – and victims. We even think of bullying cultures in terms of their own unique, evil identity – the Third Reich, the Soviet Bloc, Apartheid, ZANU-PF, the Khmer Rouge, Al Qaeda and ISIS.
History itself transmutes Bullies into flawed heroes: for instance Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte are remembered for their ambition and achievements and not the number of bodies left in their wake.
Bullying cultures are similarly remembered for their power and influence rather than their aggression and violations of what we now call human rights – the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, the Conquistadors, the British Empire, American Imperialism and their shock and awe policies – created the modern world and our understanding of our place in it.
Is it any wonder that as a society we are fascinated by Bullies in all aspects of life: Rupert Murdoch, Alan Sugar, Dominic Chapell, Philip Green, Donald Trump, to name just a few? We can’t help noticing that most ‘successful’ people – rich, famous, powerful, if that’s your measure of success – are Bullies and therefore it stands to reason that Bullies are primed for success. One the most popular and long-running reality TV franchises is named after the leader of a totalitarian state from George Orwell’s dystopian vision of the ‘future’ 1984. Brother’s name is synonymous with despotism, abuse of human rights and civic liberties and of course mass control though surveillance. The future, it seems, is now. However Orwell forgot to mention that, in the future, irony would be a thing of the past.