|We'd like to thank Nikki
P., of Riverside, California for sending us this great example of
how she's put her "Inner Boss" to work for her.
(As this Month's "INNER WINNER" Nikki will receive a free copy of our newest edition OFF THE BOSS! Survival Manual, as well as an Official OFF THE BOSS T-Shirt and Coffee Mug). All Available through our exclusive Online Catalog!
Another INNER WINNER
Nikki P., and a co-worker (who we'll call "Don") were cashiers at a large supermarket chain. They were both proud of their productivity and the efficient job they did.
Then one day, out of the blue, their arrogant Store Manager called them
to his office. He angrily
them with the fact that the cash drawers which Nikki and Don had turned in
at the end of their shifts, were consistently found to be
short. Always less than a dollar.
Both Don and Nikki, who had worked at the store for over ten years, couldnt understand what was happening. They were always very careful. Never had a problem before.
But less than a week after they returned from their suspensions, they
were again harangued by their Manager who informed them that their cash drawers
had come up short again and gave them both
They were placed on extended probation. If within a year their drawers were short one more time, they would be fired, not only losing their jobs, but their pensions as well, which were only a few years away from being activated.
Nikki had learned the secret of the Inner Boss. Don, on the other hand, totally freaked, lashing out at what he considered an injustice.
He went to the manger and threatened to sue. He called his union, but there was nothing they could do. Technically, the manager was following procedure to the letter. Don was a basket case. The tension was so bad, Dons terror of possibly being fired for making one little mistake was so great, that within three days he totally cracked and was fired.
Not for having a drawer come up short again, but for punching out the Store Manager in the supermarket parking lot.
Unlike Don, Nikki had immediately put her
Inner Boss to work. You see, a great advantage to having an Inner Boss is
that you can lay off all the work on them. Its hard under
some stressful situations to handle things all by yourself. Your own ego,
emotions and fear take over. And get in the way. Just like they did with
Don. But if theres someone ELSE in there to guide you, thingsll
go a whole lot easier.
To analyze her situation unemotionally to see if anything could be done to improve things. Nikki questioned herself as to all the reasons her cash drawer might be coming up short. After careful consideration, she realized the only thing she could possibly be doing wrong is not giving her customers back the correct change.
So she went to the next
She began to circle the change on the receipt after every ring-up, to remind her to give back and keep a record of the exact amount. When she came to work the next day, her drawer was fine.
Nikki was totally ga-ga over a pair of buckaroo-style
cowboy boots she saw for sale at a small shop near
her house. She had the store put them on
layaway for her.
And every day that she came to work and found that her drawer was balanced,
she would give the shoe store another dollar. The way she figured it, by
the time her extended probation was over, shed have just about paid
for the boots!
Nikki's true passion was horses. She put an ad in the local paper as a trainer and got several jobs working a few days a week breaking some thoroughbreds. It wasnt very much money, but since she couldnt afford a horse of her own, it gave her the outlet to do some riding which always calmed her.
Finally, as a hedge against any forces beyond her control which could lead to her being fired, Nikki let her Inner Boss again take charge.
Becoming her own career guidance counselor, every morning before work, Nikki would sit down at the kitchen table and go through the want ads, looking for an interesting replacement job, in case she needed it. Looking now, before the panic set in.
Everything went perfectly for two weeks.
Then one morning -- it happened!
But Nikki didnt panic. Her Inner Boss had prepped her so well for whatever the future might throw at her that she was actually looking forward to moving on with her life. She could truly deal with being fired.
But what she heard when she arrived at work caught her totally off guard.
She should never have been on probation or suspended.
They were going to pay her time-and-half for the days she had not worked due to her wrongful suspension.
And because she had handled herself with such grace and professionalism under the circumstances, she would receive a nice bonus. The bonus, in fact was more than enough to let her reward herself with those boots!
Of course, the irony here is that there was no way her friend Don could ever be reinstated after having lost it and punched-out the store manager. Real tough to blame a right hook on a computer glitch.
Nikkis a great example of how to empower your Inner Boss. Of how to let that insightful, God-given common sense we all carry around inside us pave the way to all the joys and good stuff in life.
Theres an old Eskimo proverb that says: Unless youre the lead sled dog, the view is pretty much the same. By listening to your Inner Boss youll finally be able to see past the tail of the dog ahead of you and really start to enjoy the scenery. Youll be amazed how itll make your daily pull go a whole lot easier.
And most importantly -- by relying on your INNER BOSS to prevent any
outside forces from turning your life into an unneccesary hell--
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