My friend and his fellow coworker found out their radio station was being flipped to a different format. The surprise announcement from management essentially meant they would soon be out of a job. Of course, that also meant they would have to start looking for new jobs; never fun in the world of broadcasting.
The coworker, a salesperson who we’ll call the Good Samaritan, was soon offered a sales position at another radio station group all because of his unselfish attitude in an attempt to help out another coworker. Right now, I bet you’re wondering what he did. Well, he offered a helping hand to another salesperson who was struggling; a person who was new on the job and under extreme pressure to produce with little training on how to successfully close a sale.
The Good Samaritan noticed this and without being asked, took the initiative to help his struggling coworker. He went on sales calls with his struggling coworker; told the person what they were doing right, what they were doing wrong and what area of their sales pitch needed improvement. Not only did he take on the role of a mentor and manager, the Good Samaritan didn’t ask for any of the commission on the sales he helped the struggling coworker successfully close.
Thanks to his efforts the struggling coworker was able to keep their job, but eventually quit because of the extreme demands the company was placing on its sales force.
A few months had gone by and out of the blue, the Good Samaritan received a phone call from the owner of another radio station group. The owner told him, he was sorry to hear about what happened at his current place of employment.
The owner then told the Good Samaritan about how he had heard about how the Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a fellow coworker who was struggling and in danger of losing their job. The owner went on to tell the Good Samaritan he was extremely grateful for his actions because that struggling coworker was his daughter.
The owner was so grateful; he offered the Good Samaritan a job over the phone. They had never met or talked to each other before that phone call, but the owner, impressed by the act of kindness the Good Samaritan had extended to his family member, came to rescue of the Good Samaritan.
When you work in TV news you’re always told not to burn any bridges, but we probably should be told: be nice, because how you treat others will determine how others treat you on your journey to the top.
Do you know of any amazing stories like this? Please share.