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-- Kristin Taliaferro
by Michael Angier
Recently, I heard the president of a company say, "It's not personal, it's just business." The phrase had about the same warmth and comfort as when it was uttered in "The Godfather" -- right after someone was killed.
Business is all about relationships and relationships ARE personal. To dismiss the importance of personal relationships with the excuse that it's "just business" is usually a cop-out.
It's old-school and it lacks integrity.
Of course, there are times when we have to make difficult business decisions which adversely affect people. But we're far better off to acknowledge that it's personal.
A World Class Business demands close working relationships. They don't have to be super-intimate, but they do have to be honest and open.
Some people are reluctant to have close relationships with subordinates or supervisors in order to avoid uncomfortable and/or painful situations. But I think a world class company is one that makes the tough decisions fully cognizant of how business decisions affect people. It's ALL personal.
When I heard that CEO say "It's not personal, it's business," it was a good indicator of how little she valued good relationships. She may have believed she could separate business from friendship, but I don't think most people can -- or should.
A company's bottom line is determined by its FRONT line. People are the most valuable assets, and good stewardship requires that we treat every single person as just that -- a PERSON. They're not a commodity, regardless of the fact that many companies treat them as such.
Yes, it IS personal -- it's business. And in my opinion, it should be.
Michael Angier is the author of "101 Best Ways to Get Ahead" and the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of SuccessNet.org. Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best -- personally and professionally. http://www.SuccessNet.org
And remember, people don't care how much you know unless they know how much you care.
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