story of a Manager
Edited, and Adapted by Khalid Latif
The "Story of
Appreciation" may be someone's wishful thinking but it carries a
powerful message for our modern society.
One young academically
person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He
passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made
the last decision.
The director discovered
from the CV
that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from
the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year
when he did not score.
The director asked, "Did
you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "none".
The director asked, "Was
father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father
passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my
The director asked,
"Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as
The director requested
the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were
smooth and perfect.
The director asked, "Have you ever
helped your mother wash the clothes before?" The youth
my mother always wanted me to study and read more books.
Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.
The director said, "I have a request.
When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see
me tomorrow morning.
The youth felt that his
landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his
mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but
with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.
The youth cleaned his
tear fell as he did that. It was
the first time he noticed
that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many
bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother
shivered when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first
time the youth
realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the
everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The
bruises in the
mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his
graduation, academic excellence and his future.
After finishing the
cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the
remaining clothes for his mother.
night, mother and son talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth
went to the director's office.
The Director noticed the
tears in the
youth's eyes, asked: "Can
you tell me what have you done and learned
yesterday in your house?"
The youth answered, "I
cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining
The Director asked, "please tell me your
The youth said, Number 1,
I know now
what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful
me today. Number
2, by working together and helping my mother, only I
now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number
3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of
The director said, "This is what I am
looking for to be my manager. I want
to recruit a person who can
appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of
others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his
only goal in life. You are hired.
Later on, this young
very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee
worked diligently and as a team. The
company's performance improved
child, who has been protected and
habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement
mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of
his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person
must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know
the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this
kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a
while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will
grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind
of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying
the kid instead?
You can let your kid
live in a big
house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when
you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let
them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and
sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it
is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to
understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair
will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most
important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and
experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to
get things done.
You would have forwarded
to many and many of them would have back mailed you too...but try and
forward this story to as many as possible...this may change
Al-Quraan, the Miracle of Miracles and free from contradictions and