Practice Story 2: Nice Guys Don't Always Finish Last
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Tim Jones was a very knowledgeable, intelligent, hard-working man. He was well-known in his field and was dedicated to his work. He often worked late and seemed to know more than anyone else in his department. Most people told him that he should run the company because he was so indispensable. When his company merged with a larger one, he was the natural choice for the new vice president. Although he deserved this promotion, he felt a little nervous about it. Several questions ran through hishead. Would he be effective? Would he do a good job? Would employees respect him? He supposed only time would tell.
Well, the big day came when Tim began his first day as vice president of his new company. When he approached his desk, he was greeted by his secretary, Janet. She provided him with his itinerary for the day and let him know that he had quite a few busy days ahead of him. Tim knew that starting any new job was always difficult, but he was prepared for the long hours a new job demanded.
As Tim glanced at his itinerary, it became apparent that he would bespending a few days in meetings to bring him up to speed on a veryimportant project he would be heading. He was so excited about his future and what he could accomplish in his new role, that he no longer felt nervous or insecure. He was confident that he would be an asset to his company and perform well in his new position.
As the weeks and months passed, Tim began to feel very comfortable in his new position. His employees enjoyed working with him, and he felt he truly was making a difference in his company. His dream had come true.