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There is a tendency for all organisational ideologies to  reaffirm the tenets of traditional society and where there is a high regard to transparency there is always the feeling that the watchdog is ever alert, ever-present and ready to jump at the least whistle-blower or the least infraction of the rules that may scare the media that surrounds.It is the incense of the manager, who constantly reaffirms the democratic belief that any internal enquiry will result in true justice. Justice that will  then make the organisation a better place to work.

In fact, the only resemblance of the above to the truth is in the saying.Most management systems in public media have unspoken assumptions that relate to the stability of the media, not to its genuine responsibility as an internal watchdog of truth and justice.

Thus it is that the bully is still ever-present in the media.Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and with different techniques.I have seen them come, but few go.Why? Because many of them , no, most of them, are in positions of high visual status – stars, or media managers themselves and their positions are covered and their actions are ignored, or perhaps, at times, covered over with the rhetoric of  blustered justice and enquiry.  But, you see, nothing ever happens, because there are two types of bullying in the organisational experience – direct and indirect – which are able to be massaged, to great effect

[1] Direct bullying – The direct bully is easy to spot.he, and it is mostly he, is a functioning liar, thug and genuine evasive personality I have seen at least two of these in my times in public media.The first was a long-term alcoholic and used to just shout at people.Harmelss, enough but a little beyond the pale after a while. The second was an expert in mental cruelty and would reduce his staff to tears just for the thrill of doing it.It drove at least one of his staff to a breakdown and he had no sympathy beyond the fact that he could do it. I would like to say that he no longer works in the media but, sadly, he still does.However with the passage of time his rants and destructive behaviour have been tempered by the greater effect of the watchdog.

[2]Indirect bullying – This is a more subtle type of behaviour pattern and seems to be used to get “ones own way” where there is a block to be overcome.It reads as a threat in the form of a question. I know this because just about everyone I know has been a target of this kind of behaviour, particularly if the bully in question rarely emerges out of hand as a threat(ner) or as a person in power who needs to be allayed. I question that this form of indirect “pushing” is not the same as the direct bully (above).In fact, it is worse much worse.In my final year in the media I was asked to do a job that was way outside my job parameters and, in fact, would normally require an experienced IT consultant. However, my immediate superior (for reasons not too unknown) insisted that instead of spending the money on a consultant it would be easier to get someone (me) to do it so that the senior manager above this person would not get too inquisitive about the method being used.During the time I was forced to do this job I was given veiled threats about my position and status within the organisation.As I was retiring soon I was able to call the bluff on the threats and  enquiries on my status, without having to resort to seeking assistance from above.It was not uncommon.

The way to overcome this is to always call the bluff, call for natural justice and keep calling up and up until you find someone to listen.And always stick to your truth and your evidence.

Justice is a common right in law belief in the law stands above the meritocracy


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