As a boy, I always enjoyed talking to my grandfather. There was a shareholder who moved to Pittsburgh from Alabama. In fact, great storyteller. I think that's why I enjoy analogues and metaphors so much. Traveling was not easy at the time, he said. Interstate travel was not user-friendly for African-American people. We could not stay in different hotels or eat in certain restaurants. It was very hard.
The decision to move north was based on the poor economic conditions of the south. In addition, Alabama was based on the well-known "Jim Crow Laws", where separate but equal principles were considered a way of life. My grandfather was convinced that it was better to work in a steelworks with a hot melting plant than to have a manure on a cotton plantation. Both jobs were hard work – one only paid more. The steel industry was a dangerous job. But he kept the food on the table and kept the lid above our heads, he said.
At times my grandfather worked two or three shifts straight – right next to a hot blast furnace. This was not uncommon with him. He interrupted poverty when he moved his family from Pittsburgh, Alabama, in the early 1950s. It was obvious to him that being uneducated had promised you all your hard work. And that is why he confirmed the importance of education for his big children. He said he "learned well".
Talking with my grandfather was always simple but profound. I still remember the deep southern accent and the explanation of things. And despite his fourth degree, he was interested in the words of wisdom. The color of salt and pepper in her hair seemed to reflect the rationality of her mind. The strange shades of his eyes made me think of the sunny heat – and the long line of cotton. At times, when I look in the mirror, I am happy to remind you of his dark-skinned face.
Dressed like a landlady, he carried himself like a prince. Despite his old clothes, he looked like a dignified man. He taught me many important lessons about Alabama rural citizenship, reproduction, and migration to the north. Among the lessons was an exciting story from "Abolitionist."
My grandfather described the Abolitists as silent helpers. He spoke of them with great respect. He said, "There were people who really cared about African Americans. At the same time, they had to be careful not to lose their good standing in the white community." His primary task was to point African Americans in the right direction. They told the escaped slaves where the next safe haven was.
In many ways, I have modified my grandfather's story to suit today's corporate America. And, based on this premise, I was motivated to create a miniature narrative of an imaginary person I call "corporate abolition."
Remarkably, corporate abolitists are best described as someone in the company who helps another employee succeed. Their role is very similar to that of a mentor. Nevertheless, it takes a slightly different turn. Works just like the legendary "Underground Railroad".
On the surface, you really can't tell who these silent helpers are. They work very quietly. It's almost like an organization within an organization. People of different ethnic backgrounds who know the system. But more importantly, they help you behind the scenes.
However, these people need to be careful to lose their good position. The primary role of the corporate abolitionist is to point in the right direction. From time to time, they can tell you where the next opportunity is. They often tell you where the pitfalls are – or what situations to avoid.
According to leadership studies 101, these people are classic examples of leaders – informal. They exist in practically every organization you can think of. In many cases, these informal leaders are more effective than leaders. They understand the difference between theory and practical application.
Although they seem to be using an informal process, their operation is very formal. They operate in a hidden way. As Shakespeare would say, "they have Caesar ears and he listens when they talk." In other words, corporate abolitists have high friends. They are highly respected and have influence in the ranking.
These individuals (corporate abolitists) remind me of experienced sergeants who teach West Point graduates how to survive in combat. Military slang uses "lots of fruit salads". The term fruit salad is used to describe uniforms and military results. More specifically, these guys were hit by scrap metal. They're survivors! In addition to their abilities and academic charity, they also have street wisdom. When we borrow a city folk loan, we just say "they know the ropes".
Above all, I have learned that corporate abolitists must be able to trust the character, skills and abilities of the people they recommend. Just as in the days of the Underground Railroad, the Abolitists were not too careful. With the help of others – they put themselves in line.
My grandfather gave me some advice that I could probably get from a modern Abolitic representative. Here are some important lessons:
• Do your best and be consistent in all your work
• Treat others with courtesy and respect, regardless of position
• Maintains a high level of integrity even when no one is watching
• Speak softly and carry a large stick; you will go far
• Demonstrate reliability and work ethic
• Be an example to others
• Study and learn as much as you can
• Support your teammates
• Dress with self-esteem and dignity
• Always justify equity
• Respect your companions – never demand them
• Be professional
• Be a leader
Finally, I can never do justice to abolitic words. But I try to sum up their intentions: Corporate abolitists present the image of a mentor who leads a colleague who has a burning desire for success. Abolitionist teacher, motivator and motivator. He leads other professionals on the path to higher goals. Historically, those led by these abolitists to safety have never forgotten their journey. More importantly, they have never forgotten their obligation to help others reach their full potential.
Bottom line: Make a difference with your professional career. Teach others the secrets of success. Use your influence in a positive way. Demonstrate equity – educate others and try to lead them out of trouble if you can.