Monday, August 12, 2013

Can You Trust Your Number Two (Assistant)?

Matthew had been an established leader in the XYZ Corporation. Some people thought he was a founding member of the organization because he had been with the company for so long, but he was not. However, Matthew was one of the first 10 original employees, which now boasts nearly 2,000 employees.

Matthew had received numerous awards during his 12-year tenure. He was highly respected inside and outside of the organization. He had appeared in the local newspaper 10 times in one calendar year and two national magazines had run stories on him.

It was during Matthew’ sixth year with XYZ that Barnabas was hired. Barnabas kept no secret that he had a keen interest in Matthew’ work. One day while in the cafeteria, Barnabas asked Matthew if he could talk to him.

"I really like the work that you are doing, so much so that I mentioned this to one of my former college instructors, and he thought it would be a good idea if I asked you if I could work as your assistant. That is, if you have “that” position available,” said Barnabas, nervously.

Matthew was flattered. He had been in the organization since its inception and he did not have an assistant and no one had ever asked him this question before.

"As a matter of fact, I do have a position available. Send me your resume, so that I can take a look at it. I'll get back with you,” said Matthew.

A week went by before Matthew contacted Barnabas and told him that he liked his resume and that he was going to make plans to have him transferred into his division and work as his assistant.

Barnabas was ecstatic. He had only been with the company a short while, and now he was going to be an assistant to Matthew, the legend.

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