Saturday, December 31, 2016

What If He Is Right?

What If He Is Right?
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group 

I know, some think that I take things to the extreme in the statements and it is all pure marketing hype.  


As I listen to Bach this morning on the last day of 2016,  it is the Piano Sonata No.11 in A major.  It reminds of the silly chatter splurged with profound statements.  It is those statements that make all the difference as they form the structure of conversation and to whence and where it goes.

Many ask the questions of why climbers climb daunting mountains, placing their lives on the line with every move they make.  As Bach's Fur Elise now glides through my ears and punctuates these sentences, I fully understand why they climb and accept the crevices and footholds of the mountain before and above them.

It is there and it challenges their human ability to overcome the complexities of mind over matter.  The physical extension of man against nature, knowing one false unprepared move is certain death. They have practiced, trained and making many life-threatening mistakes.  All whilst in a safety harness allowing them to experience and learn from the exceptional mindset of taunting death.

That is the power, to overcome successfully the challenges of life and winning!

Having been at the onset of commercial computing, watching the newborn industry, grow, make mistakes and allow users to become ignorant to what "real computing power" is sickening.

Like everything in life, there is good and evil in all we do.  No one is perfect and never will be.  That does not mean we must give up, cry and feel sorry for ourselves.  It is the drive to be the best at what you do, learning from those stupid mistakes and enacting change.

Cyber security is the perfect example of opinions, facts, and myths.  Since I started back in 1976, Information Technology Management has not changed, not one iota! Still aloof know-it-alls who sadly understand only one way to do things and have never ventured outside of their timid comfort zones.

The black holes of thinking you have all the answers as you waste away in a cocoon abyss. 

Forgive me, for I do know what I say!

We are not here to take IT's pants down and show the zits on their rears.  

Our collective worldwide team has amassed "real time expertise" in all facets of commerce.  Yes, from analog information to digital data, HR to Production, Sales to Transportation, Customer Service to Change Management and lastly and importantly the Shareholders, Customers/Clients.

Our understanding impacts all.  It is one thing to recognize the issues, it is far different when you can resolve with perfected solutions.  

That is the Red Tagged Difference!

Sure, cyber security of entrusted data is at the lowest ebb ever.  Companies being hacked and compromised each and every day.  Your Information Technology department is overwhelmed, understaffed and deficient in the budget to complete the task at hand.

2017 is the year that YOU must protect all entrusted data, report any compromise or attempted compromise of your servers. If not, the fines are massive! 

Any company that does business in Europe falls under the EU Data Protection Act.  Meaning you will be fined 4% of your gross if you fail and found guilty.

The positive note is simple, Red Tagged is available.  As Cyber Forensic Anthropologists, we go much deeper in understanding the issues, having the "real time tools" to fully understand and resolve your cyber security issues.

We not only speak English, we speak logic and not gobbledygook! All parties will have a full understanding, the CEO, C-Level Executives, Board and Shareholders alike.  All on one page for the betterment of all.

Goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017 in with a positive step.

We await your call and are only restricted by time and availability.

First Come, First Protected...

My Bach is Worse than My Byte...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Social Media Is Driving Mauls at U.S. Malls

Social Media Is Driving Mauls at U.S. Malls
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group - Virtual Crime Center

Social or Anti-Social Media is being used to incite teens to crowd malls and cause disruption.

It is reported that brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the United States in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas mall rush.

The mayhem was captured on social media with photographs, video and a lot of fingers and thumbs posting reasons to come to the mall and get into a fight. The chaos prevented some shoppers from grabbing clothes off clearance racks and returning gifts and the disruption was a level never seen before.

The mall incidents, which ranged from minor melees to mass evacuations, occurred from Colorado to Tennessee and Texas to New Jersey.

Law enforcement does not realize that compliant Social Media Monitoring is available and absolutely assists in catching the criminals.  What pictures and video they post, law enforcement has 'live' access to.  Geo-fencing the location allows you to glean all involved through their social media accounts.  It even allows knowing their exact location and social connections.

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner has the crime fighting and solving tools NOW!

Align these capabilities with our community crime mapping, crime/predictive analysis with social media monitoring and we will bring you true Digital Policing. Saving you time, money and increasing productivity, whilst protecting your community.

Our professional services include full coaching and mentoring from a global team of ex-law enforcement at all levels.  21 years of global success and understanding is at your service.

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Why Would You Destroy Your Home, Culture & City?

Why Would You Destroy Your Home, Culture & City?
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime Center

Once upon a time your home was your castle, you left the doors unlocked and there was a door knocker for people to knock on your door, to apprise you they wish to come in and converse.  They did not enter on their own until invited in.

What The Hell Happened?

Perfect examples are the Watts Riots or Rebellion, on August 11, 1965, Black motorist was arrested for drunk driving. A minor roadside argument broke out and then escalated into a full-blown fight.

The community reacted in outrage to allegations of police brutality that soon spread, and six days of looting and arson followed. Los Angeles police needed the support of nearly 4,000 members of the California Army National Guard to quell the riots, which resulted in 34 deaths and over $40 million in property damage. The riots were blamed principally on police racism.

It was the city's worst unrest until the then Rodney King riots of 1992.

The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King riots, the South Central riots, the 1992 Los Angeles civil disturbance, were a series of riots, lootings, arsons, and civil disturbance that occurred in Los Angeles County, California, in 1992.

The riot started in South Central Los Angeles and then spread out into other areas over a six-day period within the Los Angeles metropolitan area in California. The riots started on April 29 after a trial jury acquitted four police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department of the use of excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King, following a high-speed police chase. Thousands of people throughout the metropolitan area in Los Angeles rioted over six days following the media announcement of the verdict.

Decades later, California has changed and not for the better.  San Francisco is grappling with out of control crime, community blight and some say it is the liberalization of the city that has sunk them to this despicable level.

Fox News stated:

San Francisco is earning a growing reputation for more than just its unmatched tech sector – for critics, the city stands as a profound example of the damage ultra-liberal policies can do.

After 20 years of envelope-pushing changes to grow government and ease law enforcement, the once-shining City by the Bay has turned into a place where:
  •  Property crime runs amok
  • An online map is needed to track human feces on city streets
  • Discarded syringes are common sightings
  • Public urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles

“There’s a very tolerant attitude, you can very much do anything on the streets you want,” said Marc Joffe, director of research at the California Policy Center think tank. “As members of a civilized society, there are things you should not accept. But we have ignored that and there is nobody on the other side setting limits.

San Francisco’s lax attitude is nothing new and has served as a beacon for the American counter-culture dating back to the Beat Generation. But the city’s embrace decades ago of free love and drugs has morphed into something else.

Depending which list you read, San Francisco has the dubious honor of being at or near the top of numerous national surveys tracking homelessness, the cost of housing and other issues. One distinction is not disputed: it has the most property crime in the nation, according to the FBI. The city also has crafted defiant sanctuary city policies and is preparing to battle the incoming Trump administration on the issue.

And in the media, San Francisco’s brand has taken hits, with headlines such as “Why San Francisco is the Worst Place Ever,” “34 percent of Bay Area Residents are Ready to Leave,” and “Complaints of Syringes and Feces Rise Dramatically in SF.”

San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan -- who had taught Marxist seminars and helped run the Communist club at UC Berkeley, an investigation by City Journal Magazine showed – also refused to prosecute “victimless” crimes involving drugs and prostitution, saying his focus was on violent crime. The DA’s resistance to taking a hard line against drugs prompted dealers to flood into the city from across the nation, City Journal reported.

Years later, the mindset remains. Smash-and-grab thefts from locked cars are so common that car repair shops have waiting lists. The city does not want to install surveillance cameras, and its aversion to tougher law enforcement had until recently left its police force at 1980’s staffing levels.

And there's this: “With a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes,” says the data collection site Neighborhood Scout. 

“One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 14. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.”

Not the picture or a community you want to reside in, millions do and with a leadership that is lost and Police & Sheriff’s agencies involved in more than an uphill battle, which they are in the negative on!

This is a challenge of mega enormity, CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner digests these issues for breakfast, whilst conversing on the solvable unruly concerns.

Our global team has a street level understanding and a listening ear with proven solutions, which will be introduced within the communities, government and law enforcement.

You want Change? 

Of course, you do!

Converse with us and listen, as we will listen to you to understand your ideology and provide a road map with fewer bumps on the road and expensive archaic failed plans.

Simply email or call, we are here and we do not bite!

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner has decades of law enforcement background with Change Agents, Cybercrime Analysts, ex-London Metropolitan Police Officers & management, U.S. Chiefs of Police and Sheriff Commanders on staff with a compliment of analytical and social media staff.

Our involvement in community change, counter-terrorism and cybercrime internationally allow us to think and act with the confidence demanded in these dire times.  We understand all concerns, methodology and speak the right language to you all.

Our solutions are available now and will be discussed via telephone with established law enforcement or government agencies.  Call or email us for verification.  Then, we can discuss and demonstrate. 

Oh, have a cup of coffee at hand, afterward, you will understand why.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To All.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To All.

It is the waning of another year, 2016 is about to be history and future year of 2017 is just around the corner.  We will have fond memories, successes, tragedy, heartache and unfulfilled dreams all to look back on and it will bring tears of joy and some major disillusionment to us all. 

We must take that deep breath, suck it in, cowboy up and step forward with more gusto than ever before.  We collectively will not allow the negative vibes that surround us from those that do not see the same masterpiece as we do and would wish we fail. 

To our enemies, thank you for showing the negativity and whilst they scorn us with their obscene energy, we accept, as they are concentrating on just us and not their own business.  We, on the other hand, are concentrating our positive power and professionalism.  It is our goal to serve our clients new, old and those who will be introduced to us over the coming years.

To those who have joined our group of companies, I thank you and look forward working hand in hand with you.  Our success is a joint effort and communications is of the utmost importance.

This Christmas and Holiday Season is special to us one and all and we share this with our families, we shall see you in the New Year to expand our relationships, success, and discussions.

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New year to All…

WE are in the NOW and KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…
Nicholas Ashton
CommSmart Global Group 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Off the Shelf Programmed Killers

Off the Shelf Programmed Killers
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime Center

Yesterday, we saw mayhem of terror globally!  

Daily there are assassinations, Beheading, Shooting at a Mosque, Truck and car Terrorism and anything else you want to throw at Soft targets!

Killers are trained, programmed and to what degree it does not matter.  They are either sophisticated or uneducated, they are there to take life, draw attention to a cause, whether they live or die themselves, just one programmed task, cause mayhem in the Western World on behalf of a worldwide revolutionary goal, TERROR!

Our team's expertise goes back to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) days, murders, bombing both in Northern Ireland and on the U.K. mainland.  Having either served in the London Metropolitan Police and the British Army, we have frontline experience of terrorism and use that hard and soft skill sets daily!

Since the birth of social media, there has been a dearth of fanatical posting by terrorists who are about to attack the Western World.  These are posted prior to attacks, can we know that these posts occur?  

Yes, CommSmart Global Group’s Virtual Crime Center which includes Social Media Monitoring looks at social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and videos posted to YouTube.

It is not just looking it is examining all words, locations and with perfected algorithms informing us in ‘real time’ of issues and concerns, even down to the GPS location and includes the ability to Geofence for tight drilling down on social or anti-social sources.

It is our crime analytics, predictive analysis and down to earth capabilities with the largest public data storage globally that will stop or quell these attacks.  

There is no one who else that can achieve this. 

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner is the key with nearly fifty years of policing, crime-fighting and counterterrorism understanding that is the professional key to securing and protecting our communities.

The Ohio State University student who posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on his Facebook page that he had reached a "boiling point," made a reference to "lone wolf attacks" and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.  These are the sort of ‘keywords’ that we drill down on and our solutions highlight in ‘real time’.

"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that," the post continues.

Two hours before that, a cryptic post on the page said: "Forgive and forget. Love."  All keywords that are ‘Red Flags’!  It is also our knowledge of other keywords used to mask what they are really saying and to hide their death messages.  That is the difference and is required to fight terror and street crime.

A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant, saving lives, university officials said. "He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat," OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.

Law enforcement officials stated that Artan was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident.

He lived briefly in a temporary shelter in Dallas before settling in Ohio, according to records maintained by Catholic Charities.  To these charities, do we have questions! 

President Trump has stated he wants ‘Extreme Vetting’ and here is the perfect example of finding out what the Catholic Charity actually knew or even asked of this refugee.

Artan attended Columbus State Community College for two years, graduating cum laude with an associate's degree before moving on to Ohio State to continue his studies. He told a campus publication that on his first day at OSU, he was "kind of scared" to pray in public.

"If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen," Artan was quoted as saying in the Lantern.

What else was he saying that was known to others?  As we know, others will in the next few days come forward and tell us tales of how they felt something was wrong.  They did nothing to report this as most humans do not.  It so important that if you ‘See Something, Say Something’.  Law enforcement is not super humans and needs the public support.

The campus was put on lockdown for 90 minutes after the university first reported an "active shooter" in the chaos of the moment.  Which it was not and as usual the media continued to report an ‘active shooter’ issue for hours.  Reporting must be verified before reporting as misinformation causes unnecessary further panic.

"Run Hide Fight," the university's emergency management office tweeted. "Continue to shelter in place."  This was the most excellent example of using social media to communicate a ‘call for action’, which was heeded as students hunkered down in classrooms with shades drawn across the 2,000-acre campus.
This is not the last terror event that will happen.  

Digital Policing is here NOW and we have dedicated our resources to provide the proven solutions that are demanded.

CommSmart Global Group brings you, Accurint® Virtual Crime Center

Linking data into one interface to provide critical investigative intelligence and crime reporting.

For generations, law enforcement agencies have been seeking to have an investigative tool that would link data on people, places, vehicles, and phones into one interface for them to better predict and solve the crime. That tool is nowhere with Accurint® Virtual Crime Center.

CommSmart Global group brings you Accurint Virtual Crime Center and is the next generation policing platform used for COMPSTAT, Analytics, Crime Analysis and Investigations. This solution links billions of public records to agency-provided data in a cross-jurisdictional data exchange to provide law enforcement with unprecedented visibility into crime in their own jurisdiction and around the country. Linking across data types delivers a more comprehensive view into an identity, helping law enforcement to target investigations; identify patterns and predict upcoming events, and deploy resources more efficiently.

Criminals have no boundaries. 
Accurint Virtual Crime Center will provide agencies with a view beyond their own jurisdictions into regional and nationwide crime data. Each year, about 12% of the population moves a statistic that is even higher for young adults. To predict and solve crime patterns, you need visibility not just to the jurisdiction next door, but across the country. The ability to view information such as crime incident data, CAD, offender data, crash data and license plate readers in the same place will assist in resolving and preventing crimes in a timely manner.

Finding the “who” in an investigation. Uncovering and locating key individuals are vastly simplified through Accurint Virtual Crime Center. By adding our proprietary linking technology, LexID®, to agency data, you will have cross-jurisdictional agency data linked to identity information from over 10,000 sources. This gives your law enforcement agency the ability to disambiguate RMS records, find non-obvious connections, and generate leads with one search.

Flexible views for all users within an agency. 
Accurint Virtual Crime Center allows you to design your dashboard for your role within the agency. Whether you are a part of a command staff, supervisor, investigator or analyst, you will have the ability to search across all your own data and public records information while using the same predictive policing capabilities from Accurint Crime Analysis. Accurint Virtual Crime Center will replace multiple tools agencies currently use for public records, data analytics, and social media, allowing all members of the agency to be more efficient across all cases through strong data analytics.

Social Media Monitoring
We know that social media is increasingly valuable to the way law enforcement professionals operate in both crime prevention and investigation. However, as social media has become more prevalent, there remain many questions regarding how exactly it is utilized to optimal effect in criminal investigations.
Looking at current practices and processes and how the landscape has changed over the last two years in addition to new research areas.

Assessing the law enforcement community – particularly those involved in crime investigations – and their understanding of, proclivity to use, and actual use of social media in law enforcement efforts. We must understand current resources and processes being used by law enforcement when leveraging social media intelligence in investigations.

Social Media Monitoring is the key with the massive public data records we have exclusively and when used in concert with our full CommSmart Global Group Virtual Crime Center allows you more than an edge in crime fighting.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Police Are Not the Judge & Jury, They Only Uphold the Laws

The Police Are Not the Judge
& Jury, They Only Uphold the Laws
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group - Virtual Crime Center

Sir Robert Peels' Nine Peelian Principles:

#5     To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

This #5 Peelian Principle is the heart and soul in terms of separating policing from political influence. Public indulgence is maintained not by providing to the wants and needs of interest groups in our society but rather by complete and total impartial service to the law.

Each and every one of us is considered equal before the law and through observance of the rule of impartiality, the police can make that a reality.

Police policies must not only be autonomous of political influence and they cannot and should not be over-ridden by political agendas. Police policy must provide equivalence of service to all citizens.

The factual test of the fairness of a system is the ability to get the identical service and treatment despite the fact that you have no political connections.

This separation of politics and policy does not imply that politicians cannot provide policy direction. It simply means that once the policy has been put in place there should be no attempt by politicians to influence outcomes or interject themselves into situations on a case by case basis. To do so would “pierce the sacred veil of operations”, the veil being the invisible barrier that separates political decision-making from operational decision making.

It is stated loud and clear by many, that the police must refrain from being publicly critical of prevailing legislation. The role of the police is to enforce laws, not to criticize legislation. The police must also refrain from criticizing judicial decisions as doing so undermines the administration of justice. 

Criticism of the law and judicial decisions, especially in terms of sentencing decisions, reveals a glaring lack of their understanding of the police role in the criminal justice system. If police officers are not able to accept that at a personal level that they will not agree with some judicial decision then they are in the wrong line of work. Not only will it cause frustration, it may also lead to flawed decision-making and differential treatment of members of the public.

It is particularly bothersome when senior police executives don’t understand their role and make a public comment critical of judicial decisions. Police executives certainly have a role to play in this regard but it should not be one of offering criticism in an open forum. They have access to politicians both on an individual basis and through advocacy organization such as associations of chiefs of police at both the provincial and federal level which afford the opportunity to air their concerns and make recommendations for change.

This #5 Peelian Principle also makes it clear that individual wealth and social standing should not affect the level of service citizens receive from police. 

Because these principles were written in the early 1800’s, race is not mentioned as British society at that time was not racially diverse. In modern society, the delivery of police services and race has become an issue and police service delivery must not only be blind in terms of wealth and social standing, it must also be color blind.

The last facet of this #5 Peelian Principle addresses the readiness to make individual sacrifices to protect and preserve life. Police agencies have an obligation to create a safe workplace for police officers through training, policy, procedures and especially the use of the latest technology and appropriate equipment. 

It must be recognized that some aspects of police work are inherently dangerous. This principle addresses the issue of officer safety from the perspective of ensuring that procedures do not become so restrictive that the safety of citizens is negatively affected. 

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solution Partner believe firmly that Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Peelian Principles stand firm today after 187 years of existence.  Of course, there are differences and the main one is the use of technology alongside these principles.  That is why we will introduce the 10th Peelian Principle at the conclusion of this series.

Social media interactions are so important and CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner understand the finger & thumbs approach of communicating using for calls for action of the public.

There lies a massive improvement of the approval of the public, they have a direct link without dialing digits.  They hide behind a Smartphone or tablet/computer screen and the dialogue is honest, deceiving and all with information that was never there before.

Here lie CommSmart Global Groups abilities to know all that is being said and stated via social media with compliant social media monitoring, with crime/predictive analytics and community crime mapping.  This can be enabled within your agencies now!

This, not something that has just been invented and so new it is still in a ‘beta phase’, we have 21 years of creating, refining and success, second to none.

What is our difference and why we can bring back the Trust, Respect, and Honor to policing is virtually simple, we converse, coach, mentor and enable through our software, global databases all with full professional services that work alongside you to fully understand the methods and you attain results immediately and grow a whole new way of public interaction and accomplishment.

Working hand in hand with warranted and sworn officers in all departments, enabling information at the fingertips on the street, improving officer safety.
Let us not forget the important analyst who can share your information and glean even more information to solve those crimes.

Make CommSmart Global Group you Crime Link Analysis across the board with our Virtual Crime Center Solution.

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Union & Corporate Bullies...

Union Thugs & Corporate Ignorant Bullies
and Their Yes Men and Women,
Say No To These Fools…

Corporate & Union bullies surround themselves with YES men and women.  They instill fear and those that were subjected to those disgusting tactics and fail to stand-up for themselves. 

CommSmart Global not only stands up to those fools, we expose and tear them down!

Being the CEO of a company some say it is an issue as you are too close to your original dream and cannot see the wood for the trees.  

I recognize that, and fully understand I am not the exception to the rule. Owners and management who work under the misguided bullying rule-book, your days are numbered as are your yes men and women, you surrounded yourself with.  Your House of Cards is tilting, crumbling and will come down, leaving you with nothing more than a total mess and you will wonder why!

If you think Jericho was bad, wait and hear the sound, as the horns of honesty trumpet your demise.

When a company owner, through their spineless attorney, makes statements like this, when firing or severing a working relationship, “XXXX is under no legal, ethical or moral obligation to explain or justify its decision to sever its relationship with you.”  They want to control you whilst you work for them but are total cowards in announcing their method of disregard for you.

How many of you are working in those conditions and fearful of
your future or just going to work?

The signs of the professional madness of these so-called corporate leaders are very evident once you uncover their fa├žade. For example, they speak to their fellow management at cross purposes, saying one thing and immediately doing another.  They are consistent in a failed leadership role, it shows as some executives find an aggressive style helps them claw their way to the top, but they often can't sustain their reign.

The fact is, the King is in the Altogether Naked in front of those he or she abused! Stripping them BARE and showing the real unsightly object they really are in front of all is the final action that just might make them see the error of their ways.  Sadly that is only a wish in most cases.

We all know our fair share of those corporate bullies--the managers who abuse power, yell, harass and micromanage their way through life. Usually, their office antics breed resentment, sabotage, "mental health days" costly turnover of staff.

But some executives infamous for their abrasive styles--the Steve Jobs, Harvey Weinstein and Barry Diller of the world--are addressed as luminaries, breaths of fresh air for their stale industries.  Really!  Weinstein is a proven issue!

So what separates the sadists from the prodigies? In short, as stated by some, it is the silver-backed gorilla. 

Sadists toss their weight around unreasonably and relish the chance to watch underlings squirm. In contrast, the silver-backed gorilla will beat his chest, break branches, flashing his teeth and charge--but all in the interest of protecting his troop. He secures food, mediates conflicts and provides safety, so lesser gorillas put up with his antics. Forbes magazine stated it is his fictional counterpart who is Don Corleone. In corporate America, it may be Martha Stewart. Mind you those that are looking at her on (, might need to know this.

Of course, Stewart spent five months in prison, and Don Corleone got gunned down in the street. These power players may find an aggressive style helps them claw to the top, but they often can't sustain their reign, although Martha has been a great re-inventor.

Bullying leaders rise in part because they are unwilling to compromise. They are committed to--and unremittingly protective of--their vision and make large companies move with the speed of small ones.  We just witnessed this and am glad of the experience before we jumped into the King size waterbed with them as most probably downed when it springs its guaranteed leak.

These are people who are very abrupt in fighting for their vision, they push people aside who are too conservative or 'just don't get it.' But they also attract--and are very protective of--their followers.  Who are either oblivious to what they got themselves into and eventually, in a short period see the leader as the bully and leave.

When bullying is so entrenched in the organization's culture that it becomes an acceptable way to manage and/or do business. The organizational attributes, policies, accepted practices foster this environment.   For example, a 'win at all costs' culture fosters an environment where the method of achieving success is not questioned.  This creates a culture where managers and peers are not held accountable for the acts of incivility that occur on a regular and accepted basis.

There are many definitions of workplace bullying.  We define it as REPEATED unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group of individuals) directed towards an employee (or a group of employees), which are intended to humiliate, degrade, embarrass, intimidate, or undermine; or which creates a risk to the safety or health of the employee(s). Workplace Bullying is exhibited by peers and managers and can be linked to relationships of informal and formal forms of power in the workplace.

How is this different from harassment?

Bullying certainly looks and feels like harassment. It is harassing, as commonly understood (defined as systematic, annoying, and continued actions which include threats and demands; creating a hostile situation by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct).

But at work, harassment is a special term. Often, workplace harassment connotes sexual misconduct and a hostile work environment. State and federal civil rights laws are designed to protect workers from discriminatory, disparate mistreatment. If, and ONLY IF, you are a member of a protected status (grounds) group -- there are 7 in the U.S. and 11 in Canada -- (e.g., gender, race, religion, ethnicity, etc.), and you have been mistreated by a person who is NOT a member of a protected group, you might be able to claim that you were harassed.

This is going on in all lines of work and is costing people their health and their relationships.  It is standing firm and legally fighting these situations and beginning to understand that these bullying, arrogant individuals will come a cropper and fall from chance.  You have to wonder what their social life is about, who they associate with and who may be their partner is.  Is that person suffering the same grief as employees?  Maybe they are like-minded and are two peas in a pod and may they be happy in their sordid abusive ways.

Look at your workplace, management, and co-workers now with fresh eyes and stand tall.  These people can and will go away, do not let them take you with them.

Those without ethics are doomed and I wish to say thank you to certain individuals who showed their rears, not a pretty sight, to our company and their threats are welcomed and will be viewed and judged in the public arena.

Knowledge is power in the right hands, take a grasp of your life!

We are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

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