Dr. Lynne Curry of The Growth Company, Inc., Releases strategies to Managers for Handling the Workplace Assassin

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Today Dr. Lynne Curry, Ph.D., SPHR—C.E.O. of The Growth Company, Inc.—responds to clients and provides insightful, cutting edge techniques on how to deal with everyday workplace crises and problematic employees.

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He chooses only certain victims – normally those who have something he wants or envies.

In today’s evolving workplace environment being proactive vs. reactive is crucial. The Growth Company provides insightful and revolutionary HR solutions with the assistance of Dr. Lynne Curry.
Dr. Lynne Curry, Ph.D., SPHR—C.E.O. of The Growth Company, Inc.--has dealt with several diverse personality types. With over thirty years of management consulting experience Dr. Curry has learned how to survive the office assassin. Today she provides managers with answers and reveals strategies to managers about handling the office “serial killer”.

Who is considered the office assassin? Initially he's charming to both men and women, particularly in the presence of the boss or clients. He's friendly and confiding. He extends himself on others’ behalves – out of all proportion to anything they'd expect.

Then, he knifes a co-worker in the back. He uses office politics to undermine coworker, supervisory, or business-to-business relationships. He chooses only certain victims – normally those who have something he wants or envies. He displays no remorse for his assaults. Instead, once he discredits a valuable employee or business owner, he voices surprise and disdain.

Dr. Curry says that recognizing an office assassin is harder than it looks. Often, all a person has to base their suspicion on is intuition. But – as with criminal serial killers – there are tangible traces.

Here's what a person might notice. They may hear negative comments and stories about individuals they'd thought to be solid performers or managers of high integrity. If they're Ted's target, they'll lose valuable relationships – he'll manage to fabricate convincing scenarios in which they're the "bad guy" out of small pieces of truth and large quantities of shadow.

If much time is spent around an office assassin, a person may eventually suspect he's two people – the ingratiating charmer and the cold, hostile person who deftly cuts others to ribbons. Some may think he's erratic – but chances are they won't be sure what to think.

According to an interview of management consultant Dr. Cheryl Lieberman and human resources manager Ellin Reisner, clues that a serial killer may be working in an organization include large numbers of people quitting or transferring; increased employee visits to the human resources department; an overactive rumor mill; and unexpected drops in productivity.

If a colleague suspects they're a target or supervise a assassin, what should they do? Dr. Curry says to first, stop looking the other way. “The best weapon a serial killer has”, say Lieberman and Reiser, "is thinking his/her behavior is going unnoticed. Break through that pattern by confronting the situation head on."

Dr. Curry goes on to say, “Waste no time.”

What else? Dr. Curry reveals that it is best to deal with the situation and not the surface symptoms. Rather than trying to track down and stop rumors, drill down and realize rumors are symptoms. Investigate and get others to talk about what they've seen firsthand – not what they've heard. Should a person become the target, they should remind others of their history with each other—and ask what innuendo has led them to discredit that history.

It is Dr. Lynne Curry’s experience that these serial killers live in darkness and rely on the rest of us turning our backs and not trusting what we see with our own eyes. She says the best defense is to realize there may be a pattern to what co-workers see and to deal with the problem head on.

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