Taking initiatives is common to leaders, managers and the intelligent. I believe this article strongly and I hope you learn something from it. Have a good read!
Tayo and Kola joined a company together a few months after their graduation from university.
After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Tayo to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Kola remained in his entry level Junior Sales Officer position.
Kola developed a sense of jealousy and disgruntlement, but continued working anyway.
One day Kola felt that he could not work with Tayo anymore. He wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained that Management did not value hard working staff, but promoted only the favoured!
The Manager knew that Tayo worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; even harder than Kola and therefore he deserved the promotion. So in order to help Kola to realize this, the Manager gave him a task.
“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Kola returned and said, “yes there is someone!”
The Manager asked, “how much per kg?” Kola drove back to town to ask and then returned to inform the Manager; “they are N100.00 per kg!”
The Manager told Kola, “I will give Tayo the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to his response!”
So the Manager said to Tayo, in the presence of Kola; “Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Tayo went to find out and on his return he said:
“Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town.
The cost is N500.00 each water melon and N300,00 for a half melon. He sells them at N100.00 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg.
He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at N350.00 per melon; this includes delivery.
The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year.
He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge.
We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by over N2,300,000.00.
This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 8.78% to our current overall sales target.
I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet. Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in fifteen minutes.”
Kola was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Tayo. He decided not to resign but to learn from Tayo.
As we move in this second half of the year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an Extra Mile in all our endeavors.
You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do; you only get a salary for that! YOU’RE ONLY REWARDED FOR GOING AN EXTRA MILE; Performing Beyond Expectations.
To be Successful in Life, you must be Observant, Proactive and Willing to Do More, Think More, Have a More Holistic Perspective and Go Beyond The Call Of Duty.
May you be blessed with a Better Perspective to do Your Work this year and beyond, Amen.
The Life ahead needs this Mentality of going an extra mile.