The boss that helped a grieving father preserve his son’s memory
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock For nearly 15 years, Ray Olson has meticulously maintained a memorial to his son, the younger Raymond Olson, who was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver in 2003. There was just one problem: The memorial stood on a piece of Chevron property that needed an upgrade. Thankfully, Chevron executive Joe Lorenz teamed up with Cesar Zepeda, president of a California neighborhood council, to build a permanent memorial at a nearby park, complete with a bench and plaque with a photo of Olson’s son. “It shows you people do still care,” Olson told NBC News. “The world has hope.” These random acts of kindness can change someone’s life right now.
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The boss that lent a grieving company his ear
baranq/Shutterstock Ingar Skaug’s first CEO position was no ordinary gig. A few months before his first day, tragedy had struck Wilh. Wilhelmsen, an international shipping company in Scandinavia, when a plane carrying two levels of its management team crashed and killed all 50 passengers on board. Eager to get the company back on its feet, Skaug spent time listening and empathizing with his grieving employees. “I had to work at keeping my mouth shut and my ears open,” Skaug told forbes.com. “I walked around and asked a lot of questions. And I’d look into my employees’ eyes. It told me a lot.” One year later, the company is on a path to success and thriving. This is what bosses really notice about their employees.