Wednesday: No two people are the same

The first thing Diana did was walk to Charles and show him the file. He took a look at it and then said “Why are you showing me this?”

“Look at the file and tell me whether this is the budget I asked you to share with accounts.”

“I took the right file to them, so if it’s not what you requested, then ask those Math people, they should know what I sent them.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, and what are you accusing me of Diana? It feels like you came here to fight me. So, what’s the problem?”

“There is no problem Charles. I wanted to confirm whether you did the right thing and you say you did, so I will ask the accountant to forward me the email you sent and the attachment and maybe we can resolve this misunderstanding. Let me be clear Charles, this is not our money- we are funded by people who expect us to manage their money wisely. If I find that this is another intentional screw-up, I will not be pleased. Think about that.”

“Are you threatening me? Do you know who I am?”

“You are Charles. You are neither God nor my purpose in life, so yes, I am making you know that I will not have you mess up my project by slacking off! If you came here to work, work! If you came here to gloat about your connections, then, go and advertise it on facebook! At this point, I don’t care anymore!”

“This is harassment!”

“No Charles, this is a confrontation, it means I am done playing the diplomat! Now, I have to get back to Matthew and sort this mess. If you receive a memo from HR, know that I already lodged my complaint, utanibeba ujinga!”

Diana had to cool off after facing Charles so she made her way to the reception first before taking the stairs to the Accounts department.

When she got there, Matthew was talking on phone, and he had his back to her.

“I have to meet the Marketing and PR Lead before we head on out. She’s bossy, I tell you, but there’s nothing much I can do about it. No, nothing like that…it’s just different, working with someone who takes the lead before you ask her to.”

Diana stood by the door until he finished talking and then turned to see her standing there.

“Oh, you are here!”

“Yes, I am, can we go through the budget now?”

“Shoot! Look at the time…how about we have a look at it on the way to the next meeting? The Company driver can always bring you back.”

“Okay, let’s go. I need to have this cleared by this evening.”


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