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What To Do When You’re Brushed Off at Strategy Meetings

"The reason for their behavior is theirs to deal with, our job is not to allow their behavior to detract from how we are are perceived or how we feel and think about ourselves."

You’re at all the strategy meetings.
Your ideas are well thought out and destined for success
And yet, you’re getting brushed off or ignored by the decision makers.
Worse, your ideas when reiterated by a coworker are applauded, the product of innovative genius and must be implemented immediately.

WTF?!?!?!?🤬

Workplace ostracism isn’t new.
Perpetually being ignored and excluded is a also common bullying tactic. Most often perpetrated by our directors or coworkers who are vying for higher status on the power chart.

The goal – to make us figuratively and/or literally silent and invisible.

Rather than feel defeated, hopeless, give yourself a few minutes to evaluate your situation, take a deep breath, then act. 👈🏾

Most important is a face to face with the person who is trying to isolate and marginalize you.

Yes! You have to call them on it. 👈🏾

This is best delivered cold and done immediately after the occurrence, preferably at the meeting. I recommend that you stand and deliver your message in a calm tone saying something like this…

“Thank you for repeating the idea I just presented. I’m glad to see that my words didn’t fall on deaf ears.”

Trust me, they and everyone else at the table will get the point.

Try not to make any assumptions as to why you are being treated in this manner. 👈🏾

The reason for their behavior is theirs to deal with, our job is not to allow their behavior to detract from how we are are perceived or how we feel and think about ourselves. 👈🏾

Instead, let it motivate you to continue to stand up and speak up at every opportunity.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.

Every misstep, every slight or snub is an opportunity to learn.
What do you learn from being ostracized or bullied?
To be resilient.
To be resourceful.
To be relentless.
And to always take advantage of opportunities to showcase your strengths and brilliance.
So important because those who have the power to elevate you are always watching.

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Michelle Flemmings, MD

I’m Michelle Flemmings , ER doc, lead physician executive and clinical strategist for an EHR vendor. I am a career transition coach specialized in helping Women Physicians of Color to take back control of their career. By teaching docs to navigate the medical staff politics and organizational red tape, I help you to leverage your achievements to get promoted and paid what you deserve.

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