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Who's in Charge: Do you know someone who has tried to take advantage of their position?

Clint Maun, CSP

Christian Herter, the governor of Massachusetts was campaigning hard for a second term in office. After a busy morning chasing votes he arrived at a church BBQ. It was late afternoon, Herter hadn't eaten lunch and he was starving.

As Mr. Herter moved down the serving line he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put one piece of chicken on his plate and turned to the next person. Herter said, "Excuse me. Do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?" The woman replied, "Sorry, I'm suppose to give one piece of chicken to each person." "But I'm starving," the governor said. The woman said again, "Sorry -- only one to a customer."

Governor Herter was a modest man but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around. He said, "Do you know who I am? I am the governor of the state" The woman then responded by saying, "Do you know who I am? I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Now move along, mister."

This story points out the fact that trying to use your position or supposed power will eventually get you knocked down a level. It also points out that anyone can be in a positioning power, no matter what lowly position they have. You want to be careful to use your position for the right purpose or someone might use their's!

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