This is on my mind because our company has undergone some changes. We’ve had to let some people go, realign work teams and relocate some workers to a site that they don’t much like. Yeah, I know, it’s not a pretty picture.
I’m paid to make tough decisions. And I realize that I’m going to be perceived in a harsh light if those decisions make people angry. That comes with the job.
Liked or respected?
It’s human nature to want to be liked, and when you’re not getting much encouragement, I think it’s only natural to want to spend time with people who don’t give you a hard time every five minutes.
But older, wiser CEOs have taught me that there’s a big difference between being liked and being respected. When all’s rosy and you’re making piles of money, you can afford to be benevolent. But I can’t. So while I won’t m...(register to read more)