Tom Rath (2006) reported in his book Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without that there are eight vital roles that friends play in helping employees succeed:
- Builders (those who motivate you to achieve more)
- Champions (those loyalists who stand up for you)
- Collaborators (those with similar interests)
- Companion (those classic friends who you call
first with your news)
- Connectors (those who introduce you to others)
- Energizers (those who give you a boost when
- Mind-openers (those who expand your horizons)
- Navigators (those who you go to for advice)
Does your system of giving raises and bonuses encourage or discourage employees to take on these roles?
Does the funding priorities set by you create opportunities for these friendships to emerge?
It is very revealing.. For example, leaders are pushing training more and more to distant mediums to save costs these days... I'm not convinced we can develop the friendships we need without some time face to face...
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