Rick and Dave were at odds with each other. It had been going on for so long that they had even forgotten why. They were on the same sales team of the town’s dealership. Their negative relationship was affecting their work performance as well as the spirit of the company. Their supervisor was at his wits end and didn’t know what to do until he read a story in an old digest. He decided to apply it.
He went to Rick and said,
“Hey Rick, you work with Dave, right?
“Yes, but I do, but Dave is a … !”
“Come on!” the supervisor said. “You have to admit that whatever else he is, Dave is an excellent mechanic!”
“Well, I may have my problems with Dave, but he is the best mechanic I ever met in my life. I wish I weren’t mad at him so I could pick his brain.”
Our supervisor then took that precious information to Dave saying,
“Hey Dave, do you know what Rick said about you?”
“Well ...I can imagine, but I don’t care to hear it!”
“He said that you were the best mechanic he ever met. He even said that he wished you and he were friends so that he could pick your brain!”
“Really? I would have never thought that! I thought he was just a classic sleazy salesman… but I can say that he is the best at the job that I ever saw. If I owned a car business, he is the guy that I would hire to sell my cars!” The supervisor then took that precious information to Rick.
At the next company party, Rick and Dave were sitting together having fun and cracking jokes.
Patrick G. Lumbroso
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