"Unprofessional behaviour." Bridie's face flushed. "How dare you speak to me like that! Why I could get a reference a hundred times over from each and every one of the GPs if I wanted."Amanda folded her arms across her smart suit. "Oh you think so do you?"Bridie felt trapped like a caged animal. She had to get away but Amanda blocked her way."And furthermore, you don't give me the respect I deserve. I'm the CEO of this organisation and what I say goes. It would pay for you to remember that Bridie. This isn't the last you will hear of this. This is a small town, there's not room for both of us and I'm here for the long haul." Her eyes were stony and unblinking. "Maybe you should consider retiring. I'll write a reference for you if you like."Black Balloon retells in gripping detail the story of a workplace bully within a small hospital. Turning the daily work and lives of her staff upside down, Amanda Hawkins is thriving in her new appointment as CEO of Mango Bay health. As a manipulative, money-hungry smooth-talker, it seems she has won everyone over, but it only takes a few months for her real personality to be revealed.
Elizabeth Urbahn is a Medical Education Officer in a teaching hospital on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. A trained teacher and educator, Elizabeth has spent the last 15 years involved with the education of doctors in Australia and New Zealand. Concerned about the growing incidence of workplace bullying, Elizabeth has captured the insidious nature of bullying and hopes that her book will help raise awareness and motivation to eradicate such behaviours from the modern workplace.