Can We Be Friends?
The question most often asked of me, as a professional speaker and a consultant, is: “Can you really be friends with your employees and your subordinates?” My answer is yes, but then you have to define what friendship means in your language.
I would like to believe that it is essential to be friends with your employees. Consider this idea: One business owner had a black baseball cap embroidered with two words in gold: The top line said “Friend” and the second line said “Boss.” When he took someone aside to have a conference with them about their performance, he would wear that cap. He would start by telling them that he would like to believe that they are friends, but he also had a second job and that was to be their boss. ...