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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: ABUSED OPPORTUNITY
By Ndidi Ngwuluka
03/16/05


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Chummies is a well-known restaurant in New Haven. It is situated at the heart of town and so lunchtime puts the waiters extremely on their toes. It is not just location that they have going for them: customers appreciate the hospitality, efficiency and efficacy exhibited by the staff of Chummies. The quality and excellence of food is also irresistible. Johnny, a waiter had been to Mr. Thompson’s table to take his order but there has been no response from him. It was obvious that Mr. Thompson was only physically present. Mr. Thompson is well known at Chummies and so Johnny could not understand what could possibly be wrong with him.

Mr. Thompson was a manager at Cosey. Cosey is an indigenous manufacturer of fruit juice. He was appointed a manager two years because of his ingenuity. Mrs. Solat, the factory supervisor feared for the fate of the company because she perceived Mr. Thompson lacked the ability to manage the company accurately. But Mr. Thompson did a good job by putting up a front before the chairman and owner of the company that he could not really see through him. The chairman so trusted him that he practically left the affairs of the company to him.

Mr. Thompson chose to lord it over the staff. He would not hesitate to remind them that he was the manager. When anyone opposed him, the person’s salary for the month was cut by half. Mr. Thompson was more of a taskmaster than a manager and this affected the morale of the staff.

He connived with the accountant and they were embezzling money. Some months he would find reason not to pay salaries. He would accuse the staff of not being productive and would make the factory staff work over-time without pay.

Any pretty lady in the company did not escape Mr. Thompson. The ladies were pressurized to sacrifice their bodies for their jobs. Some ladies chose rather to resign while some who wanted to keep their jobs had to comply.

His accomplice, the accountant, with time joined him to become a ‘pain.’ Some of the employees who were in his good book exasperated others. The once convivial working environment had become elusive and some people left as a result.

Mr. Thompson and the accountant were so clever that they got the chairman deceived. This of course was possible because the chairman was hardly around. Despite the complaints from his staff, he did nothing until the situation went off hand.

One day, some employees, having been pushed hard to the wall reacted and this led to destruction of some materials and equipment. When the chairman came, saw the extent of damage, he was heartbroken. He felt like a fool; he should have listened to his staff and at least tried to investigate their complaints. He felt betrayed and as soon as he gathered himself, the first thing he did was to sack Mr. Thompson and his accomplices.

Mr. Thompson was in a reminiscent mood when Johnny came to him. It had begun to dawn on him that he had misused an opportunity to impact positively to his generation.


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Phyllis Inniss 03/22/05
You clearly showed how Mr. Thompson abused his opportunity to lead. There is a lesson here for all of us. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
donna robinson03/22/05
The opportunity to deceive and abuse power is found so often in people who are entrusted with leadership. I am sure most could think of someone this story reminded them of.
Delores Baber03/23/05
Great example of what happens when a person, by cunning [shrewdness?] takes upon himself/herself a position in which his heart is too small and his head too big. How many suffer when a tyrant becomes a leader.