The department manager carried these words to his general manager, and spoke unto him saying: "It containeth that which aideth the growth of plants, and it is very strong."
And so it was that the general manager rejoiced and delivered the good news unto the Vice President.
In many of the open offices--and open offices have done much to create a feeling of comradeship among workers--the desk of the general manager is out on the floor with the desks of the rank and file of the employees with nothing to distinguish it from theirs except the fact that there is a bigger man behind it.
One of the most influential of these--the most influential, in fact--was one which was captained and led by Florence J. White, an Irish-American, who as business manager (and really more than that, general manager under Davis) was in charge of the manufacturing and printing departments, and who because of his immense budgets for paper, ink, printing, mailing and distribution generally, was in practical control of the business.
splendidly!'--'you must,' he said in agitation, 'go and see the general manager at once.
When Mr. Kurtz,' I continued severely, 'is General Manager, you won't have the opportunity.'
"I am Mr. Woodridge's general manager," said Rose loftily.
His official position is a cross between trained nurse, valet, general manager and keeper.
While the section-hand may become a section boss, a roadmaster, a division superintendent, a general superintendent, a general manager, and, finally, the president of a railroad; while the stock boy becomes, eventually, a salesman, then a sales manager, and, finally, the head of the corporation; while apprentices to carpenters, bricklayers, and plumbers may become journeymen, and then contractors, and, finally, owners of big buildings; while the farmhand may become a farm owner, then a landlord, and, finally, perhaps, the president of a bank; while a workman in a factory handling a wheelbarrow may afterward become the president of the greatest corporation in the world, the clerk, toiling over his papers and his books, is almost inevitably sentenced to a lifetime of similar toil, with small opportunities for advancement before him.
His resignation had to be passed upon by the general manager, who, before accepting it, sent for him.
"Suppose you get the plans, B., and show them to me, and explain just what you mean," said the general manager, who was also a professional engineer of many years' successful experience.
"Why, of course you are right," said the general manager. "
He has a good personal and business friend who is the general manager of a large oil company with headquarters here in Bakersfield.
CHAPTER II THE SELECTION OF EXECUTIVES The President and General Manager of a large manufacturing and sales company, who, for the purpose of the present narrative, shall be called Jessup, was making a trip from Chicago to New York on the Twentieth Century Limited.
But the new advertising manager and the old general manager did not get along well together.
There could be no result of such a combination except the final resignation of the old general manager.
He called his new general manager in and said: "I have put a great deal of money into this mail-order business.
Why, man, you must be dreaming," and the capitalist turned to his telephone and called up the general manager of his mail-order business.
The capitalist would have known, if he had exercised one-half the care in choosing a general manager that he did in selecting a driving horse, that the young man was unfitted for the work he was expected to do.
His work should be subject to oversight by the president or general manager alone, and he should not be answerable to any other officer or member of the corporation.
Upon request of the general manager or any other executive in the organization, the employment supervisor may furnish complete information as to any employee in the organization when that information is legitimately required.
So valuable was he that the White Rapids Motor Company coveted him and its president and general manager began to lay plans to entice him away.
HOW THE TROUBLE STARTED "You have a reputation," said the president and general manager to Nyall, "for efficiency.
Similarly, Burton could not understand, to save his life, why Nyall should jeopardize the brilliant future which lay before him "by bucking his president and general manager," as he put it.
If Nyall had understood his superior and had conducted himself accordingly, he might himself have been president and general manager of the White Rapids Motor Company to-day.