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Oh, and as for the workers who lost income when we fired their abusive boss? Two of them told a friend of mine that my reaction that day finally gave them the courage to leave a bad employment situation. And to top it off, they are now working for the new company I hired to finish up the work. Their lives are more peaceful and they have a renewed sense of personal dignity.

Demonstrate leadership and respect for others now — don’t wait. Set the tone. Elevate the conversation. And see what a difference it makes.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at