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God Don't Like Ugly
by Tearnee Stringfellow
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“God Don’t Like Ugly”

Rebecca is a 36 year old woman, married, with a 3 year old son. Rebecca was the only child growing up and her parents always kept her in Church which she enjoyed. She leads the Children’s Bible study, and serves in the Women’s Ministry. She’s given time during the holidays to serve the homeless and seeks clothing for the neighborhood shelters.

Rebecca currently is a professional with a Federal Agency and was notified that another Federal Agency is interested in hiring her. The position would increase her salary by $20,000, and she would supervise fifteen people. With no hesitation she accepts the position as the Congressional Liaison. Confident that she can handle the responsibility, she starts her first day. As usual, the first day on the job is by far the greatest. Rebecca had the opportunity to meet the big wigs on the Hill, she discuss office issues with the previous supervisor, attended orientation, and had a wonderful lunch with the previous supervisor. Please note, the previous supervisor is still a part of the staff, and will be Rebecca’s mentor.

After attending several meetings and discussing protocol with her mentor, Rebecca is ready to meet her staff individually to get to know them, where they are in their career and where they want to excel in their current positions. As well as growth, and letting her staff know what the future will bring. It takes Rebecca about 4 days to meet with all her staff individually; however, there seems to be a problem. After each staff member leaves Rebecca’s office they would exchange notes on what was said in the meetings. Each staff member noticed the same thing from their meetings with Rebecca; Rebecca knew more about their personal lives and business than their work and office issues. Every sentence that came out of Rebecca’s mouth started with “Now, I understand that you……..”??????? It was also noted that from conversations with certain staff members, she has basically picked out her favorites and confirmed what was gong to be done for them.

Others were treated no different from the previous supervisor, a complete replica of the same work ethics, criticism, and attitude from the previous supervisor. This had created a huge disappointment and moral change in the office. Of course, each staff member continues to remember that they have bills and family to take care of, so they go along with the program, to the point of even watching co-workers be harassed, called names, and be poorly evaluated for their hard work, this continued for about a year. When some staff members begin to work together with Rebecca’s favorite staff members to ensure that all the work was consistent with theirs, which was the way Rebecca taught them to handle their workload.

During this time tension was growing within the office because of the mistreatment and misunderstanding from Rebecca. Even with some employees work being consistent with Rebecca’s favorites, their work was still wrong in Rebecca’s eyes. Some staff members just could not do anything right, it became very personal to them, especially when the staff that Rebecca was now supervising had been in their positions for years or even when the office originally started. Some tried to have meetings with Rebecca to see what they could do to improve their work to a level of satisfaction, but nothing never came out of the meetings other than “if you don’t like what is going on around here then find another job!”

Some of Rebecca’s favorites started to show concern because they were finding out that the work that they were producing was wrong, the treatment of their other co-workers bothered them, and the fact that they had started to get work reassigned to them from the so called poorly productive co-workers by Rebecca.

One day Rebecca decides that she wanted to harass one of her employees in front of the staff. She began to talk down to this person (whom was much older than her), about a certain project that she wanted completed. Rebecca proceeds to tell this employee that, if she did not have the project finished by close of business that she would be written up. The employee just laughed and proceeded with her work. However, Rebecca kept at her for at least an hour or so, the employee just remained quite.

Rebecca told the employee that she was going to lunch and when she returned she wanted to know the status of the project which would give her an idea on what forms she would need to fill out on this employee. The employee smiled and agreed. As usual, Rebecca and the other supervisor’s would come back from lunch an hour to two hours later with shopping bags, just laughing and enjoying every moment of their leadership positions.

After Rebecca, put down her bags from lunch, she confronted the employee to come into her office to give her the status of the project. The employee noticed when she walked in the office Rebecca had the forms on her desk ready to write her up. Rebecca closed her door and sat with the employee at her conference table. She brings over to the conference table a writing pad and the forms to write the employee up. The conversation begins:

Rebecca: OK! Before I went to lunch I asked you to be ready to give me the status of your project, it has been overdue for the last 2 weeks, and I am not going to take the blame for you being lazy! What is the status?

Employee: The project that you have harassed me about all morning was completed 2 and ½ weeks ago!

Rebecca: IT WAS NOT!

(Before Rebecca could finish yelling at the employee, there was a knock on the door. Rebecca yells at the door, “I AM IN A MEETING”! The person knocks again; Rebecca gets up and stomps to the door, when she opened the door, her eyes got bigger then fifty cent pieces. Come in Sir, Rebecca’s says nervously.) It was the Project Executive Officer, in other words Rebecca’s boss.

Project E-Officer: Good afternoon Rebecca, I see you enjoyed your lunch time. By the way, here is the project that I and this wonderful young lady here have been working on, she did a wonderful job and it is ready for signature to be released. GREAT WORK YOUNG LADY!

Rebecca: Huh!!!! (Rebecca also noticed that her employee was smiling so hard that her cheeks were about to burst.)

Employee: Thank you Sir, it was an honor to be selected by Rebecca to work with you on this project. I am sure that it will add a great deal of help to the War on Terror!

Project E-Officer: Yes we have got great praise on this project from the Hill and I have made arrangements for you to receive a cash award and a two day time of award, again great job!

Rebecca: Excuse me, but this project was turned in late.

Project E-Officer: Yes it was, it was late because it sat on your desk for about a week. I took the liberty to take it of your deck and assign it to her because I knew she could get it done in time.

Oh and one more thing, you did not notice that I was in the other conference room watching you harass this young lady about this project that was originally yours. Not good Leadership skills at all. So here is what I am going to do, you will be demoted to Team Leader and will attend a 6 month Leadership Training course, while you are in the office you will work with your new mentor to learn the importance of team work and being accountable because you are not perfect, no one is, OK! Have a wonderful day!!!

Rebecca: Excuse me, but may I ask who my new mentor is?

Project E-Officer: You’re looking at her! (Smiles) Follow me, the details of your training is ready we started on it last week; you are all set to go!

“God Don’t Like Ugly”!

Rebecca was blessed with a wonderful new job and an opportunity to become a great leader. However, she listen to the pervious supervisor/mentor fill her in on the things that were not important into becoming a great leader and being successful in her job.

Rebecca never asked the previous supervisor/mentor, why she was no longer in the position, this is because Rebecca was so involved in what the devil had to say about everyone but herself. The previous supervisor had been demoted for the same reasons she bestowed on Rebecca; she had become an undercover devil filled with jealousy, envy, anger and bitterness because she was demoted and refused to accept the fact that she is her own worse enemy.

Now Rebecca has to do a six month training to get her position back, however, I hope that she seeks training from the Right Person this time! GOD!

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