Workplace Bullying and the Gifted Adult | Crushing Tall Poppies

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by Kay Shurtleff/R10 GT & Advanced Academics

Workplace Bullying and the Gifted Adult | Crushing Tall Poppies.

While I appreciate the sentiment of this article, I’m not sure I completely agree.

It’s just my opinion, but it seems that Americans in general tend to feel misunderstood and maybe a little entitled. We think we’re busier, smarter, and more overworked than anyone else and that no one recognizes us for it. I wonder if this perceived gifted adult bullying isn’t just a part of a larger problem: everybody bullies everybody!

Do not misunderstand. I don’t think anyone should be singled out for any reason and bullied. What I mean to say is this: we have a problem recognizing value in other people, and sometimes that manifests itself, as the article says, as “withholding information, marginalizing them at meetings, stealing ideas from them, and spreading rumors….” 

My point? Let’s not crush any poppies–tall or short. Let’s value people for what they bring to the table and for who they are. It’s time for all of us to stop and value the poppies.

Kay Shurtleff

Kay Shurtleff

Although my day job is educational consultant for GT/Advanced Academics and ELAR, I also spend ridiculous amounts of down time drinking tea and reading, blogging, tweeting, and playing with language. Writing is a natural outlet, mode of thinking, form of entertainment, and illuminator for me. I'm working on a PhD in gifted education right now, and I appreciate having this forum in which to kick around ideas. Thanks for stopping by G/T-time!

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