I can't give too many of the details. But here is a bare bones summary:
Our department was being adversely affected by someone who felt (s)he was beyond reproach. Very adversely affected, and everyone in the college was talking about how this person was taking advantage of us and we were letting hir get away with it. Every one in my department was talking about it too, but were afraid of this person, who has a great deal of personal.....well....energy or something. You might even call it charisma. The person was in a position of power over us.
But. There was an avenue whereby someone could challenge hir. No one was brave enough to do this. I wanted very badly for someone else to do it, just like everyone else did. I lobbied others to do it. No one would. Everyone was afraid.
So I did it. I challenged this person, and to make a long story short, I won.
Now this person wants me dead. I have made a mortal enemy at work.
My department is thrilled. They tell me all the time. The administration is happy. They have also told me this. But of course, this person is still here. Seething with hatred.
(S)he cannot really do anything to me. But (s)he is difficult at every turn, ready to thwart me, make me look bad, undo things I am doing. It is a royal pain in the ass.
Q: So tell me. Have any of you dealt with anything like this? How long does the hatred last? Do you have any advice besides the obvious (document everything)?