The No Jerk Rule

Title: The No Jerk Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Speaker: Robert I. Sutton (Stanford)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
 
People tend to kiss up and kick down.
Document abuse.
We let winners get away with creating a climate of fear.
One or two assholes with lower status can be used to show everybody else how to behave.
Yelling at people in a staff meeting at a startup is not unusual behaviour.
If you are around a bunch of jerks the odds are you’re going to start acting like one.
Humans naturally dislike people who are different from them.