8. March 2011 22:17
Recently before hiring a new employee I asked him for three character references. I called all three of his references in the evening when I knew the people would be home. All three of the candidate’s friends had very similar things to say about him. “He is a hard worker”, “He is dedicated to his job”, “He will show up on time”, etc. However it was another character trait that all three mentioned that really had a profound effect on me. They all described him as someone who would do anything for a friend. “Whenever we’ve ever needed him, he was there, no question asked.” “If you’re in a bind he’ll go out of his way to help you.” These were the words I heard about this man.
After speaking with the third reference I sat in my car in the parking lot and thought how fortunate I would be to have this man on my staff. I then began to wonder if my own references would describe me this way. I wondered, “Do I offer this level of loyalty to the people that are most important to me?”
I hope someday after I’m long gone that people will speak as highly of me as they do of this man. In fact, I need to take this farther than "hoping" that this will happen. I'm going to ensure that it will.