Origin story: How serving on a non-profit foundation board opened doors to new opportunities
Minding the Workplace
by David Yamada
1d ago
Pages from the PILF fundraising dinner journal When I discuss career planning with my students, I often urge them to pursue interesting pro bono and volunteer activities not only for the contributions they can make, but also because these activities may open doors to new opportunities. That certainly was my experience of serving on the board of directors of a small charitable foundation based at New York University, my legal alma mater, as relatively recent graduate of the Law School. Unlike many law professors whose aspirations to enter academe were present during their law school days, my ..read more
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When dealing with workplace bullying, don’t overlook good nutrition
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by David Yamada
1w ago
Last week, I received an email from Torii Bottomley, a veteran educator who experienced workplace bullying in the Boston Public School system and spent years in an ultimately successful, yet exhausting legal battle to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Her core message was simple: When dealing with bullying at work and other forms of traumatic mistreatment, don’t overlook the vital importance of good nutrition to support your health. With Torii’s permission: I used to say the First Response to a bullying situation would be: get a lawyer, get a notebook, and to that I would add get ..read more
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The Economist’s Bartleby advises: Don’t retire!
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by David Yamada
3w ago
The Economist‘s “Bartleby” column typically offers thoughtful contemplations on work and career related matters pertinent to managers, executives, and other professional workers. In the current issue of this venerable British newsmagazine, Bartleby serves up a thought-provoking headline: “Why you should never retire” (link here, but may be paywalled). Bartley acknowledges two main questions that many professionals face when pondering retirement: Finances (can I afford to retire?) and purpose (what shall I do during retirement that brings meaning?). Bartleby then adds a third question, one tha ..read more
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Published: “Four Basic Postulates Concerning Women and Workplace Bullying in the United States”
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by David Yamada
1M ago
I’m happy to share with you my latest publication, a short law review essay, “Four Basic Postulates Concerning Women and Workplace Bullying in the United States,” appearing in the FIU Law Review (2023) published by the Florida International University College of Law. You may freely access a pdf here. Here is the abstract to the piece: Responding to Kerri Lynn Stone’s “Panes of the Glass Ceiling,” this article delves into the pervasive issue of workplace bullying and its nuanced impact on women in professional settings. Stone’s book identifies distinct “panes” of gender bias hindering women’s ..read more
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Origin story: Stumbling upon an interview about workplace bullying
Minding the Workplace
by David Yamada
1M ago
Printout found in a storage box. Lately I’ve been sorting through a lot of papers and files that I’ve stored in boxes for years. Such was the case over the weekend, when I found a printout of an online interview featuring a social psychologist that changed the trajectory of my life and career. During the spring of 1998, when the internet and the World Wide Web were still shiny new things, I stumbled upon an online interview with Dr. Gary Namie, who was talking about something he called workplace bullying. He explained that his wife, Dr. Ruth Namie, a clinical psychologist, had been experienc ..read more
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Most popular 2023 posts about workplace bullying, mobbing, and related topics
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by David Yamada
1M ago
  Image courtesy of clipart-library.com Dear Readers, I’ll close this calendar year with links to some of the most popular new and old articles about workplace mistreatment posted to this blog, as measured by stat reports. Here’s to a safe, healthy, and fulfilling 2024. 2023 articles Delving into the Dark Triad (October 2023) (link here) Long-term UIC study: Chronic workplace bullying can negatively impact targets for years; laws and policies needed (August 2023) (link here) Judith Herman’s “Truth and Repair,” Part 2: Workplace bullying targets and the search for justice & healing ..read more
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Autobiographical reflections: Mark Satin’s “Up From Socialism”
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by David Yamada
1M ago
At the start of my second year as an instructor in the Lawyering program at New York University School of Law in 1992, I looked at my new class list of first-year students and saw a familiar name: Mark Satin. I would quickly confirm that this was the very Mark Satin who had written and edited a self-styled, left leaning yet “post-liberal” political newsletter titled New Options, which I had enjoyed as a subscriber. Mark was 46 years old when he arrived at NYU Law. He brought with him an established reputation as an anti-war and left activist during the 1960s and as a progressiv ..read more
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Cancel culture knows no ideological boundaries, only an eliminationist instinct
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by David Yamada
2M ago
(Image courtesy of all-free-download.com) Folks, we continue to see instances of cancel culture playing out in our society. This includes the realm of workplaces and employment. And if we’re being honest about it, we see it coming from all ends of the political and social spectrum. Cancel culture, as I define it, is a disproportionately severe response to a perceived slight or wrong, typically motivated by political ideology, religious beliefs, or social mores. It’s an overkill, eliminationist response, like imposing the death penalty for shoplifting, or a lifetime ban on driving for going 5 ..read more
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Expertise matters (but how one obtains it, much less so)
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by David Yamada
3M ago
Posted to the Bring Evidence Facebook Page The cartoon pictured above shows an airline passenger claiming that “smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us,” therefore justifying his call for a show of hands from fellow passengers who think he should fly the plane. It’s a spoof that hits home at a time when a lot of people are falling for baseless online “information” that purports to portray an alternative truth, often one that mainstream powers-that-be allegedly have been denying or concealing. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for questioning conventional wisdom, as John Kenneth ..read more
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A veteran cohort of the workplace anti-bullying movement gathers in Boston
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by David Yamada
3M ago
View of the Boston Common and the Park Street Church, from our meeting room at Suffolk U Law School in downtown Boston From last Wednesday through Saturday, I had the pleasure of bringing together in Boston a remarkable group of friends and colleagues for some in-depth conversations about the past, present, and future of the workplace anti-bullying movement and the work that we’ve been doing as part of it. This gathering was rather improvised, and the final schedule didn’t come together until right before the out-of-towners arrived in Boston. It was precipitated by a decision to move th ..read more
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