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Cyberbullying and Cybersecurity in Healthcare

In many aspects, cyber-bullying and cyber-security are treated as separate and distinct issues in healthcare.  However, they are actually part of the same problem and are inclusive of one another rather than mutually exclusive of each other.  A culture that tolerates cyber-bullying creates an  atmosphere where cyber-security measures are taken lightly and not considered a serious threat. Cyber-bullying often occurs on a micro rather than a macro level.  That is, cyber-bullying is more often to occur at an individual level. An individual or small group of individuals targets another individual or small group of individuals. The target may also be a patient. Examples of micro level cyber-bullying include the following: Photo courtesy of *Accessing a coworker's  sent email messages and then bullying the employee over those messages. *Rifling through another employee's computer files or desk work from computer files and then bullying the employee in the physica

Acting Like Yourself

When I was in college, this acquaintance of mine would come up to me and say, "You aren't acting like yourself today." I would turn to him and ask, "Who am I acting like then?" He would say, "I don't know, but not yourself." As leaders, we have a lot of people pushing and pulling us in the direction that they want us to go. There are demands at work, at home, from coworkers, stakeholders, board members and family. Moreover, they all have opinions on what you should and should not be doing and how you should or should not go about achieving your goals. In addition to that, they have opinions about how you should act or what you should or should not say. They may even threaten to tell something you did to embarrass you or make you feel you must behave or make decisions in a certain way. The truth is, no one knows you as well as you know you. It seems like a simple concept to grasp, but so often we forget about ourselves.  We forget to act like ou