“…Don’t ever SOCIALIZE with Tommy Gold (my boss), as one day, he’ll clean you cage…”

Don’t socialize with the BOSS.  That was the advice I got from a former employer.  Some 45 years ago; I was working as Asst. Corporate Controller of a large, state-wide, wholesaler; and to my surprise, one day, I walked into a meeting to find a former employer in attendance, and he was equally surprised to find me there, as well.  The President was also surprised that we two were acquainted.  My former employer, in FRONT of my current employers said to me:  “Let me give you some good advice… Don’t EVER SOCIALIZE with Tommy Gold (my boss), as one day, he’ll clean your cage.”  Innocently, I thanked him, telling him that I’d keep that in mind, and went on my way.  Over several years, I found that to be good advice, as I watched others “get too close to the boss.”  I heeded this GOOD-ADVICE, and have had a life-long rule…. NEVER SOCIALIZE with the BOSS.  Further, I’ve never allowed myself to socialize with my own employees over the years.  Does that mean you can’t be friendly with people?  …. Of course not!  But getting “too friendly” will come back to haunt you.  REMEMBER you heard it here.  Proverbs 2:6-8 – For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. God will give you the desire of your heart, if you serve him. Being a good boss, mentor and friend to your employees does not mean strong socialization is necessary.  Sleep well knowing God’s always there to protect you.   Blessings …cjlb…3/2/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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