In a recent workshop, we asked participants to share events where they experienced priceless contribution from others at work. This is what one person shared:
“A few years ago I handled sales in Gorakhpur territory. The main distributor Mr Khosla was a big shot. Despite all my efforts, I could not organize a meeting with him.
My boss in Delhi kept following up on my targets, questioning my sales acumen that I couldn’t even get a meeting with the distributor in a month. I was at my wit’s end. One day I got a call from my super-boss Anil, from Mumbai. I explained my problem: Mr Khosla does not give appointments, instead gets junior employees to meet me.
Next evening, I got a call from my depot that Anil is coming tomorrow morning. Anil landed and said. “let’s go!!” As we went from meeting to meeting, I realized how much people in the trade respected him even after him being away for 4 years. He went to Mr Khosla’s office and got a meeting with him on the spot! Anil introduced me to him. He was humble & inspiring all along.
It changed me forever. Since then whenever I hear a manager in my team mentioning about his junior struggling in the field with remarks like “he can’t do it, it is not in him”, I encourage the manager to listen, understand & help the junior resolve it.
May this story inspire you to make your team members winners. We also welcome you to share experiences where you received priceless contribution from your peers and/or bosses.