Dear Colleagues most especially the very young ones among us, please read this story of Obi and Odu, and honestly appraise yourself as to which one of them you belong?

Obi and Odu joined a company together a few months after their one year call to national service (NYSC). After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Obi to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Odu remained in his entry level, Junior Sales Officer position.

Odu developed a sense of jealousy and disgruntlement, but continued working anyway. One day, Odu felt that he could not work with the Company anymore. So he wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained during his pre-exit interview that Management did not value hard working staff, but promoted only the favored ones!

The Manager knew that Odu worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; and sometimes even harder than Obi. Why would Odu not therefore deserve a promotion? So in order to help Odu to realize and appreciate what was responsible for his standstill, the Manager gave him a task – “Go and find out if anyone is selling Water Melon in town?”

Odu returned and said, “yes there is someone!” The Manager asked, “how much per Kg?” Odu drove back to town to ask and then returned to inform the Manager; “they are N100.00 per Kg!”. The Manager asked further – ‘’ How fresh are the water melons? Obi asked for permission to rush back to the market to come back with this information. But the Manger asked him not to bother. The Manager then told Odu, “I will give Obi the same task that I gave you.”

So the Manager said to Obi, in the presence of Odu; “Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?” Obi went to find out and on his return he said: “Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town. The cost is N500.00 for each water melon and N300,00 for a half melon. He sells them at N100.00 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg. He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at N350.00 per melon; this includes delivery. The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year. The Seller has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge. We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by over N2,300,000.00.  This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 8.78% to our current overall sales target. I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet. Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in 15 minutes.” ‘’I can’t wait for your approval so we can hit the ground running’’

Odu himself could see the difference between himself and Obi. He was honest to himself without being petty. So he decided not to resign but to learn from Obi and grow.

So dear Colleagues, as we move in this second half of the year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an Extra Mile in all our endeavors. Note that you won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you only get a salary for that! YOU’RE ONLY ​REWARDED​ FOR GOING AN EXTRA MILE; Performing Beyond Expectations. 

This simply means that for you to be spotted and successful in your career, you have to render exceptional commitment and service.  you must be keenly Observant, Proactive, Loyal and Willing to Do More. You must Go Beyond The Call Of Duty.


Best of regards

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