What goes up... must come down - ever wondered what happens next?
When I started out working, my friends were all in the same boat. They were starting out their careers too in journalism, advertising, television and marketing. Today, most of them are Directors of News, Television Presenters, Editors and Senior Managers. We all still keep in touch from time to time and support each other whenever and wherever possible.
Many of my managers from back then have either retired, been demoted or had to step aside for new people coming through. In fact, I have employed a few of my ex-managers over time in my business that had strengths that I appreciated when I worked under them.
It's funny how the tables turn.
But how often do you hear about a Manager who was a complete 'arse' when they were someone's boss, getting their just deserts by the table turning and having to report to the junior that they made make coffee? If you look back at many of Australia's business leaders, they have started at the bottom somewhere. In the mail room, at reception, or as an office junior. Now they run the biggest and most successful companies in the Country.
In Perth yesterday, I saw first hand how being a great manager to your team can be reciprocated by your understudy becoming your boss. Two men who worked alongside many years ago; one as the manager and other as a direct report, can now work harmoniously and in cinct with the table turned. The saying "Be careful that the feet you stand on today, don't belong to the legs of the arse you have to kiss tomorrow", is a reminder to all that by doing your job and being a good person, your career will be long and more fulfilling than you ever imagined.
Treating people poorly and being a bad manager may one day come back to bite you.
Likewise for entrepreneurs. The people you employ today, may be the clients of tomorrow or the person you report to in organisations that employ your services.
Something worth thinking about.