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Because They Care

4941528.thl Caring is a trait that many believe is a good trait in organizations. Many hours of training, worrying and even tears are spent by leaders, employees and families in the pursuit of caring.

Yet, as with anything in life, too much of it can be harmful. You may ask yourself - how can you care too much?  Caring too much is harmful when it invades your personal life and when it inhibits the growth of others.

There are leaders and employees that will sacrifice their own families because they care about what happens to the organization in an extreme way. These individuals also have a tendency to expect others to care as much as they do. When this occurs, it creates a lot more organizational stress than what people may think.

Individuals that care too much can also have a tendency to take care of all problems. This behavior does not allow for others to make mistakes and then learn from them. Mistakes are in many cases the best opportunity for individuals to experience critical learning that becomes part of their behavior.  

Does your caring come with a cost to others?  If so, you may need to take a step back and make some adjustments.


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I think your title "Because They Care" and your content are very misleading. I fully expected to read about the attributes of caring in an organization. Instead, the focus is "too much" caring. I understand your point, but I think you did a disservice to a value that is lacking in organizations - caring. Why not write about how people should care in an organization that reflects gentleness, thoughtfulness, compassion and helpfulness. Thank you.

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