TIP OF THE DAY: Be Friendly But Don't Make Friends

Kasper Rorsted

Photo: Hankel International

Today’s tip comes from Kasper Rorsted, the chief executive of Henkel, a consumer products company based out of Germany: The first time I realised [the job] was serious was after about six months, when I had to lay somebody off. I remember sleeping very poorly for almost a week.

I had to start having honest conversations with people about how they performed, and that taught me a lesson. I’ve always been friendly, but I’m not friends [with colleagues] anymore. When we have parties, I’m the one who will leave early.

–Kasper Rorsted, CEO, Henkel

Read more in an interview with Rorsted over at the New York Times >

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