Washing

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 15, 1989

One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no.”

“Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

“Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as a clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

“Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never…my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.”

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tears 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 winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That 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, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother’s hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.”

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a 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.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

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9 comments
  1. A manager with excellent principles can build a team that wants to work well for the sake of the team. I’m blessed to have one of those.

  2. jhosack87 said:

    Thank you for sharing this wisdom. So many fail to understand that leadership resides in the minds of the followers. To have the respect of the followers, one must respect the followers.

    This will most certainly be reblogged on Minds of the Followers.

  3. jhosack87 said:

    Reblogged this on Minds of the Followers and commented:
    A beautiful thought on the importance of a leader/manager respecting his or her followers.

    I cannot emphasize this thought more:

    “Leadership resides in the minds of the followers.”

  4. Uplift said:

    What a great story! I have only just come across your blog and am thoroughly enjoying reading through the stories you post. Am now following 🙂 Sharon

  5. Super like this one! Sacrifice, appreciation…and I love how he was able to share these beautiful values to touch the lives of others as well.

  6. Dilbert is always fun, and you find such excellent stories to post!
    Blessings.

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