The President's Son is Late for Work
It is 1977 and the president's son, David Armstrong, is driving to work one morning. As David approaches the factory, he knows he's going to be late.
As I get out the car, I think to myself, "Oh boy, I'm late. I wonder if I can sneak in. I'm only a few minutes late-maybe no one will notice me."
So, I pick a side door and quickly try to slip in. when I take a few steps, I hear that familiar sound...Bam, Bam, Bam. As it echoes through the factory from all four corners, the noise gets louder and louder...Bam, Bam, Bam. I thought, "I know what that sound is. It's the sound of hammers hitting the benches by all of my friends in the factory. This is the tradition at Armstrong International., Inc., Michigan when someone comes in late-they hammer you in."
Well, let me tell you, I was embarrassed! I immediately put my head down and went to my bench. Later that day, everybody was joking and teasing me and asking how it felt. I don't think I was late the rest of that summer, but I did have the opportunity to hammer in others who were late.
The year is now 1991 and I am visiting the Milton, Florida, plant. They have just finished watching a videotape about Armstrong where they saw the people in the factory hammering someone in as a demonstration of how to help support self-management.
As I talked to several guys in the plant at Milton, they told me, "David, we just saw the video. We want you to know we started hammering people in when they were late. It really gets their attention!"
As I approached the next guy, I asked, "What do you think about hammering in people who are late?"
"Let me tell you, David, they hammered me in not once, but twice. I didn't like it. It's embarrassing. It makes you not want to come in late again."
"I know that feeling, It happened to me."
"You mean they actually hammered you in?"
"Everybody gets hammered in," I replied. "There are no exceptions."
The Moral of this Story
© 1995 Parables into Profit
David M. Armstrong is Chief Executive Officer & President of Armstrong International, Inc., and has evolved into a highly renowned speaker, appearing on award-winning television programs that focus on business leadership. Armstrong has been heard on the airwaves across the United States, as his unique leadership abilities have been showcased in virtually every media venue.
Armstrong recently appeared on the "Leaders on Leadership" television program that aired to millions of viewers across the world. The "Leaders on Leadership" show has a list of previous guests that essentially consist of leaders that are a "who's who" in the business realm, having all led major well-known companies across the globe.
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