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I love my job!

Published on 05/07/2015 by Bruno Kahne

Last week I was in China helping a new board of directors define their team culture. A team culture being the sum of the beliefs and values of each of its team members. We decided to share life stories and annecdotes which had been a turning point in our lives. The first Director started:

"I was born in Mongolia in a very poor family. My father was working hard for only 30 yuans* a month. I still remember the smell of the bank notes he was receiving at the end of each month in a big envelope. One day, my father opened the envelope and was surprised to discover that in addition to the 30 yuans there was another envelope. He opened it and found more money. He thought that it was because he had worked overtime during that month. The comfort of our house was very basic, so he decided to use this unexpected money as a down paiement for our first television. It was just incredible. There was now music in our house.

Then, the following week as he walked by the office of the accountant he saw her crying. She had made a mistake, placing the envelope with the salary of an employee in the envelope of another and she had no idea of who had received the two salaries. She was going to be fired. When my father got home, he brought the television back to the shop which refused to give all the money back as the tv had been used. So he used part of his next salary to fully reimburse the company. That month we were able to buy only two bowls of rice."

Tears were running down his cheeks. Everyone was silent. Our eyes were also humid. I thanked him and asked:

"Which belief or value did you integrate from this event? Honesty?"

He looked at me in silence for a few seconds, then in a shaking voice he said.

"No. What I learned is: the courage to never hurt anyone!"

The medias can vomit trash every day but ordinary heroes constantly remind us that we are all human and that humans are fundamentally good. I love my job.

* 4 euros

Bruno Kahne

Bruno Kahne

Leadership Faculty


Very nice and touching, there are real people out there with real goodness... your story reminds me a little bit to people in Serbia, have you meet them ? I often feel that people having less material comfort or having had some difficult times are often more generous and kind then others...

05/08/2015, 11:34 - Ivana
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