Boss’s Act of Kindness Prevents a Suicide

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Tim Sanders is a leadership coach and former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!. Sanders advises all of his employees to reach out to their workers and subordinates to show their appreciation for their work. He often tells the story of how he did just that, speaking to his staff individually, giving them positive feedback on their performance, and telling them that he appreciated their efforts. Sanders recalls telling one specific man how glad he was that the man come into his life.

After Sanders visited with his team, he was shocked when that man turned up a few days later and gave him an expensive gift, an X-Box console. As it turns out, this employee had purchased the X-Box by pawning a revolver that he had intended to use to kill himself. After hearing the small words of praise from his boss, the man decided to keep living and seek…

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10 thoughts on “Boss’s Act of Kindness Prevents a Suicide

  1. Thank You so much for sharing this with us!! It’s so true, just a few kind words or a warm & friendly smile can brighten someone ‘s day & possibly help save a life. I struggle with depression and have often experienced suicidal thoughts/urges/plans and there have been occasions where other people’s kindness, even the random kindness of strangers strengthened or rekindled my will/desire to live & keep going. I’m very thankful this man’s life was spared and for great people like the boss. We should all let our words heal, not hurt. ❤

    "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
    Leo Buscaglia


  2. This is a great story, and it really shows how a small word can make a huge difference. That is so good to see that we can make a difference when doing so! Thank you Paul!


  3. A universal practice
    And not because it is expected
    Or because it was taught in a management course
    Or because everyone else does it
    But arising from the heart
    And the knowledge
    That “my” employees and “I”
    Are One.


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