As a new supervisor, Joan was determined she would have
a positive impact on all her employees. She began her
assignment by visiting each of her employees individually
and chatting about their backgrounds and career

When she had her first meeting with Mike she noticed his
office was extremely messy. Knowing some people are able
to find things quickly she put him to the test. She asked for
someone’s phone number and watched as Mike searched
through stacks of paper looking for the company directory.
Then she asked him about a big project he had completed
the previous week. Again he had to search through drawers
and stacks of folders delicately leaning against the wall
before eventually coming across the project folder.

Joan was determined to help Mike become more proficient
at finding things in his office. She stopped by the bookstore
on her home and purchased
a book about organizing office
space. The next morning she tried to deliver the book to him
but he was not in his office.

Deciding to simply leave the book on his desk she laid the
book on one of Mike’s delicately balanced stacks. It
immediately fell over onto the floor. Not feeling right about
leaving the mess, she went to the back of the desk and,
looking under it, she gasped at what she saw.

What did she see that was so ghastly?

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The Messy Desk
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ago with his timeless fables we remember
words best when we become engaged in a
story. Max has compiled an anecdotal
story collection designed to generate “ah-
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