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Hard Work

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Good Things

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I have worked for a fair number of people over the years. Some of these people, both male and female, have been a pleasure to work for, whilst others have been a complete nightmare. All have shaped who I am today in one way or the other.

Most books and articles will tell you to copy or emulate your idols or role models. I disagree. I have learnt some of my most critical lessons by watching my leaders do things I never want to do. Sounds strange, I know. Example. I had a senior, that when asked how to do something, would come and do it for me. That’s not how I want to do it and to this day (and forever) I will show a person how to do something and (even better) get them to do ie: talk them through. I believe that people learn better than way.
I leant another great lesson from someone the other day. An owner of a company refused a cup of coffee to be made for him because he had to go to the kitchen to wash his lunch box. He said he would make the coffee while he was there. A “person at the top” willing to roll up his sleeves and do it himself! Just because you are the owner or further up the ladder than others, doesn’t mean you cannot do the little things in life.
If you are willing to do the small stuff, then the big stuff will come easily.

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Be Willing

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to work as a manager at a popular restaurant in Durban. Part of the job, was to interview and hire new waiters, both male and female. I was approached by a young male one day who seemed very dirty and rough, for a position. On further questioning, he actually was homeless.

Most of you are thinking that I should have turned the man away with no chance of being employed by the restaurant. On the contrary! I hired the guy and he turned out to be an amazing man to work with. The amazing part was the fact that he was willing to do the job. He was also willing to learn new abilities if he did not know how to do them. He was able to teach us a few things too!

As opposed to this, I have worked with well dressed, well educated people who do not care about anything else but themselves and are not willing to help other out if it does not benefit them personally. Working as a team is out of the question. I get the strangest looks when I suggest doing something for others. Doing a task to benefit the company or relieve others is a foreign concept greeted with anger and confusion.
Personally, whatever benefits the team comes first over personal gain. This, as said above, is a foreign concept to many. Personal gain comes with team victories. This is my belief, at least. A person who is willing to work and help others will always be first on my list.

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