Fred Jenkins was a senior manager of a successful company that turned over millions of pounds and employed hundreds of people.
One day, Fred was working late into the day on an important project. He felt tired and stood up from this desk to stretch and yawn. “Maybe a drink will pick me up,” he thought to himself.
The office canteen had been shut for many hours and his only option was to try the vending machine several floors below him. When he reached the vending machine he realised he only had pound notes in his pocket. He flagged down a passing young junior employee and asked him, “Do you have change for a £5 note so I can get a drink from the machine?”
The young man said cheerfully, “I think so, let me take a look.”
Fred drew himself up stiffly and said, “Young man, that is no way to address a senior executive of the corporation. You need to show more respect! We’ll start all over again. Do you have change for the machine?”
The junior employee swiftly came to attention and said, “No sir, Mr. Jenkins I do not!” He then turned on his heel and walked away leaving Fred bemused and with no way of getting a drink to quench his thirst.
It’s easy to forget that you might have the right to say something but how and when you say it is critical to what happens next.
It’s vital that you respect everyone, even if you are very senior to them. Failure to do so might mean others will not make any effort to help you at all!
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