Ever been thrown under a bus, or kicked to the curb?
Ubiquitous term – anywhere ideas and voices clash, anywhere one party has influence, control over or authority above someone.
Kids don’t throw parents under the bus.
Employees don’t throw CEO’s under the bus.
Top down/top dog-bottom dog, one-on-one.
Sometimes blood-sport, sometimes evidence of poor communication, sometimes just good old fashioned lack of consideration, lack of empathy – failure to think about someone else, how they might feel, how they see things, how they will be impacted by a few words or a single action.
Those run over by that bus usually shrug it off, “nothing broken”. Tire tracks, skid marks and scars heal, fade from view – can’t see them, but they remain.
In memory. Trotted out rarely. But when they are, reactions are immediate, palpable and visceral.