Ethical Relationships

I've been thinking about relationships a lot lately, specifically work type relationships. Here are the questions I'm pondering: 1. If you have a friend first, then become business associates how do you not blur the lines? 2. What responsibility do I have to the people in my working relationships to make those people better? 3. Are there things I can be doing to help the people around me succeed?

So, with that in mind here are some things I have come up with:

1.  If I'm a friend first, there is a responsibility to friendship first.  Business cannot get in the way of that.  However, there are certain business principles which should be applied to any endeavor, so each party has a responsibility to each other to make sure those responsibilities are being upheld.  It's my place, and the other person's, to speak into each other's lives what things should be or shouldn't be happening in regards to the business.  Also, we each have a responsibility to understand not to blur the lines and let business effect friendship regardless of outcome.

2.  As a leader, I have a HUGE responsibility, albeit placed on myself, to help the people around me grow.  This is something I should focus on every day.  I should be focused, not only on clients and building those relationships, but on the people who I work with every day and trying to make them look good and successful.  I should be setting them up for success while improving myself.  So, I was thinking about presenting the idea of a monthly improvement "meeting" for employees where we can talk about a specific topic (ie, personal finances, business improvements, personal growth, etc.) and give them tools for personal and business success.  I'll let you know how it goes when I pitch it...

3.  There are specific things I can be doing every day to help the people around me succeed.  I need to be curious about what people need, I need to help them get access to things they may not have access to.  I also need to give people the opportunity to work with me to succeed.  I need to present options for success.

Basically, I need to be more focused on others and not just my own success.  There are things I need to do for myself, but it's the other people and relationships that make success worth it.

What do you think?  What things do you do to make other people successful?