Someone recently advised me not to care too much for the people I coach. The argument is that if I don’t love them, I can remain objective. I disagree.
I do care about them. Dare I say I “love” them in a professional way? I care so much that I can tell them what they should do to be more effective. Because I care I can tell them when they make bad decisions and offer advice about the fix. Because I care, I get to celebrate their successes too.
This applies to any of your relationships, not just professional relationships. If you can’t give someone candid feedback, your relationship isn’t strong enough to be beneficial to either of you. When I am wrong, I want people who I am close to to tell me. I also want to celebrate my successes with them.
For those of you who have kids, you love them enough to give them advice, tell them when they should make a good choice, and celebrate their successes.
When the emperor has no clothes, you need to care enough to tell him.
“You know, no one washes a rental car. You have to own it to care that much…”
- Dan Cathy, President and Chief Operating Officer at Chick-fil-A
What do you do to show someone you care?