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January 22, 2012


I loved this post. I agree the little acts of kindness and consideration go a long way in today's society. If, people were always kind to others and went out of their way to help, it would not be so alien to most. I fully believe that an individual is first a person, than a boss. If the person does not normally perform common acts of kindness, then if they try to carry these habits into their work life, people will acknowledge it as a weak form of communication.
Within The Handbook of Human Communication edited by George Chaney, Steve May and Debashish Munshi they discuss the relationship of power and ethics. “Communication is not for self-expression but for self-destruction,” (Deetz, 1992). I believe this statement to be true in regards to power relations. If management does not know how to effectively communicate their message to employees and clients, they are less likely to be taken seriously.
If more bosses were like your friend, I believe the gap among employees and management would close and communication among the organization would flow better. I really enjoyed reading your blog post.
Danielle McCallum
Drury University
Communication Graduate Student


Like Danielle, I also loved this post. I can see why people love working with your friend. He seems like such a positive person who lives in the present and cares about others.

I think that great managers/leaders consistently practice these seemingly small things. But like you said, these small things are the big things.

This also reminds me that business is about people. It's inspiring that your friend uplifts the people that are around him both at work and outside of work.

Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Yes being more demonstrably caring is what to be done.
Thanks once again!!

Thanks for your comments, all, and glad you see the importance of being for and about the people. While it is true and OK that every person will demonstrate care in their own ways. It is also important that we know that care should be defined by the receiver, not the giver, to translate into impact.

This post really brigthened my day. People like your friend are so valuable in the workplace (and the world in general). Caring, graciousness, kindness - such important qualities. Thanks for sharing!

Gillian - I am glad this brightened your day - maybe my friend is rubbing off on me! :-)

I could not agree more, what an interesting but also philosophical article!

Good Share.I hope more people discover your blog because you really know what you're talking about. Can't wait to read more from you!

Thanks for sharing this story. I think a lot of people including myself can learn from your friend. I made some (finally positive) experiences with a leader who has quite a different character though. The guys name is Oswald Gruebel, former CEO of Credit Suisse. When I started working at Credit Suisse, At that time I said "if there is a handfull of people who like that guy and follow him with enthusiasm, that would be a miracle". I totally changed my mind and so did many other employees. Today for me he is one of the best leader I ever met although you really could not call him a very caring person. I just wrote down my leadership story with Oswald Gruebel in my blog.

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