“A number of employees, all of them perfectly pleasant as drinking buddies or dinner companions, had grown complacent, behaving as though they had earned some kind of tenure. Even some longtime friends were slacking off. “I figured if I hired my buddies, they’d work their butts off for me,” Baker says. Instead, he had to fire two of them. The last straw came one night at happy hour when one of his salespeople–the brother of a college pal–got drunk and proclaimed that he could do a better job than Baker and was starting a rival business. It was then that Baker realized he had a lot to learn about the difference between being a friend and being a boss.”

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on June 1, 2004 in Ideas.


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