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Slaby Robert 342X485Robert Slaby has been serving as the Superintendent of the Storey County School District since 2005.  The Storey County School District is located in Virginia City, Nevada, and includes 4 schools that educate a total of 447 students in grades PK through 12.   
     Prior to joining the Storey County School District, Dr. Slaby was superintendent of several California school districts, including the Salinas City Elementary School District in Salinas, California from 1998-2004; the Shasta Union High School District in Redding, California from 1995-1998; and the Middletown Unified School District in Middletown, California from 1986-1995.  During his career he has been both teacher and administrator, with experience as a science and math instructor, an assistant principal, a learning director, and a principal.

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How to Demoralize Others

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By Jody Urquhart
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Here are some ways guaranteed to demoralize others:
    1.Never Smile. Smiling is for nice people. You cannot be nice. It is best to walk briskly through the office with a look of anger and intimidation.
    2.Avoid Eye Contact. Looking at people encourages engagement, and increased engagement equals more work for you. The more people loathe you, the more they will leave you alone and work without asking for your input or help. The more miserable you are, the more people will disengage and let you sulk on your own.
    3.Go to the Sources of Enthusiasm. Find those naturally committed and optimistic people and start to wear them down early. They have more will power than others so they will require more effort.
    4.Try Public Humiliation. Publicly berating others is proven to create fear and loathing. Embarrassing people in front of colleagues they care about and respect will put you in their bad books.
    5.Hover. Most people like autonomy and control over their work. Take this away from them. Show a lack of trust by continually breathing down their necks with a look of disapproval.
    6.Depress Energy and Add Doubt. Carry that mantra everywhere you go. Undercut others’ confidence by planting seeds of doubt anywhere there is optimism.
    7.Demonstrate that You Don't Care. Show obvious disregard for others’ success and contributions. Act like you have no idea what others do and don't care.
    8.Gossip. One of the biggest morality buzz killers is spreading rumors and lies. Make them realistic enough to gain some energy but base them on false claims. False accusations breed confusion and doubt.
    9.Take Credit for the Work of Others. If a good idea erupts, be sure to boast and claim it as your own immediately. Blame others if things go wrong; take credit when things go well.
  10.Be Negative and Complain. A lot. All the time. Use phrases like, “That's a bad idea” or “That will never work.” Shut down all ideas, good or bad – don’t give them a chance. Knock the wind out of the sails of anyone enthusiastic.
  11.Avoid Do-Gooders. Some people may wonder about your new sour attitude and try to comfort and console you. These people are close kin to the enthusiastic ones. Avoid them at all costs.

Jody Urquhart is a professional speaker who compels stressed-out and fed-up professionals to rediscover their passion, purpose & sense of fun.

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