Probably the only time you hear people using the word LOVE is to describe something they really like, such as “oh I love your shoes, they are so cute!” or “I love my new car” or “I love to ride my bike in the mornings.” We seldom use the word LOVE to describe how we feel about someone, unless it is a workplace romance – but that is not what this post is about.
A chief executive flies in to have a skip-level meeting with the troops. Naturally he wants them to feel free to open up to him and share things that would help him be a better leader. The time is limited, and of course in addition to ‘hearing them out’ he also has a handful of slides he wants to share with them – his vision, the strategy, the top priorities, and how employees can contribute. All good information, all well-intended. So, looking at the clock, he gets down to business! After he leaves, comes the meeting-after-the-meeting with your colleagues and you realize that nobody felt totally comfortable speaking their minds with the boss.