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Do bullies realize that they are bullies?
Stephen R. Balzac, Leadership Development Expert Stephen R. Balzac, Leadership Development Expert
Stow , MA
Saturday, October 02, 2010

Stephen R Balzac
We've all heard the news about the suicide at Rutgers. Bullying is in the news almost every day and yet it continues to happen.

Do bullies even realize that they are bullies?

The answer is, probably not. Most people who hurt others are caught up in the moment and don't recognize the harm they are causing.

How can we show them before someone gets hurt or commits suicide? With predictive scenario serious games. By putting people in ambiguous scenarios in which bullying behavior can occur and can then be shown to the participants afterward, people can learn the traps that cause bullying behavior without actually hurting anyone.

Effective bullying prevention means answering the following questions:

Why do many bullies not realize what they are doing?

How can bullying be explained through organizational development?

What are predictive scenarios and how can they be used to prevent bullying?

How do predictive scenarios reduce bullying by improving leadership behavior?

What makes predictive scenarios so effective?

What is the difference between rationalization and sex? How does that apply to bullying?

About Steve Balzac

Stephen R. Balzac, "The Business Sensei," is an author, consultant, and professional speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in helping businesses increase revenue and build their client base.

Steve's background in engineering, management, psychology, martial arts, and competitive sports makes him a popular speaker on topics ranging from leadership, motivation, team building, interviewing skills, and sport performance to computer game design. He was a guest lecturer at MIT and WPI. His articles have appeared in a number of journals, including The Journal of Interactive Drama, The IBM Systems Journal, Mass High Tech, Enterprise Management Quarterly, The CEO Refresher, The Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, Analog SF/F and the Worcester Business Journal.

A recognized thought leader, Steve regularly conducts webinars through ExecSense on topics including, "How to Become an Expert Negotiator as a CEO," "The Best Ways to Position Yourself for Your Company's Management Team," "What You Would Learn From Reading the Top Ten Business Books of All Time and How To Apply the Concepts Today." Steve is a contributing author to Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values Through Play and the author of the 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development  published by McGraw-Hill. He is a frequent guest on radio shows including Motivational Minds and Leadership Radio, and is frequently quoted in a variety of publications.

He also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Stephen R. Balzac
7 Steps Ahead, LLC
Stow, MA