EP 09: Standing Up Against the Culture of Bullying with Gemma Went

Uncategorized Sep 04, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is facing bullies. 

…the bullies from our past. 

...the bullies in our present. 

...and the bullies between our ears. 

We live in a culture that normalizes—and even elevates—bullies in the name of entertainment. Our culture encourages us to enjoy the suffering of others instead of empathizing with the personal pain of the bullied. Our culture increasingly urges us to see bullying as a sign of strength.

When in truth, the culture of bullying is fueled by shame, fear, and violence. It perpetuates a right to retribution that dehumanizes. It ruins lives and lacks accountability, compassion, and empathy. 

That’s why it’s more important than ever these days to take a stand. To face the bully, the oppressor, the abuser, the betrayer and say: enough. No more. Not now. Not ever again. 

Gemma Went is my guest today. She’s here to share about when she decided to push back on both the internal and external voices that said she should not pay time or energy to a recent bullying and public shaming experience. 

Gemma is an Online Business Mentor + Digital Growth Strategist based in the UK and works with entrepreneurs and business owners across the globe achieve great things and smash their goals through her proprietary frameworks and systems, all based on three core principles: Mindset + Strategy + Action, which make up her MSA Approach™.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How Gemma made a careful and values-based decision to take a stand against a bullying experience in adulthood
  • The impact her childhood bullying experience had on her decision to take a stand
  • The important work she did to heal, grow, and lead the trauma of being bullied rather than it leading her 
  • The vulnerability in asking for help

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