General Rule of Thumb – Guest Post
June 24, 2009 by admncc
The e-mails I get from readers are the best. Most of the time, they’re complimentary. Once in a while, I’ll receive a nasty-gram. But regardless, I read each and every one.
Melissa sent the below-message. We corresponded and I decided to publish it. She works in sales, although she used to work in human resources – which is important to know for the story.
I personally believe in justice and the “what goes around comes around” theory. I don’t necessarily believe in kicking someone when they’re down, but I’m not opposed to a little mean-spirited snickering on occasion. The person who called Melissa may be a recipient of that in this case… You read her complaint the be the judge. Without further adieu, here’s Melissa…
So I got a call from an HR person today (and this isn’t the first time it’s happened but I never forget the people). They were recently let go from their company. When I recreated myself and moved into a sales position, I reached out to a number of folks that used to call me and/or my employer at the time for help with HR questions. These same people didn’t even have the decency to return my call and say they were not interested in my services, they simply ignored me.
Now that the tables are turned, I am blown away that these same individuals have the audacity to ask me for help. It reminded me of a fable I recently heard about a mouse.
There was this mouse, and he lived in a house. Outside his hole, the owner placed a mousetrap inside a bag with some peanut butter. The mouse was terribly frightened. He carefully moved passed the bag to go outside to the farm for help.
He went to the chicken and asked for some help, but the chicken said, “That’s not a worry for me” as he clucked away. Still afraid to return, the mouse went to the pig. The pig replied, “I’m too busy” and he went about his business. The mouse approached the cow. The cow said “Mooove away little mouse, I will not help you.”
Still frightened and now disappointed, the mouse returned to his hole and tried to fall asleep. A few hours later he heard a SNAP! The owner of the house quickly came out and grabbed the bag but was surprised when it was not a mouse that she caught, but a poisonous snake. You see the snake bit her and she became so sick that she was forced into bed for weeks.
Without any work for food, the family needed soup to make her feel better…Cluck, cluck.
Weeks passed and still she became weaker…Oink, Oink
After her passing, the family prepared for the funeral and needed yet more food…You can see how this story is MOOving along.
The next time an individual reaches out to you, remember this fable. The tables might not always be turned in your favor. People will be more willing to help you, even if you weren’t in a position to help them when they needed it, because you treated them with dignity and respect. The next time you have someone reach out to you asking if they may be of service to you, at least have the decency to say “no thank you”.