A guy once faced a predicament in his career. Shortly into a new position, he found himself reporting to a guy whom he had once fired in another organization.
"Aren't you worried about reporting to me, considering what happened before?" asks newly promoted to his former boss, now his subordinate. The first shot is fired, but at least it's out in the open. Frankly, my friend was pretty impressed with his apprentice, 10 years his junior.
"No," he responds.
"Why not?" asks the new boss. "I would be." And my friend laid it all on the line at that very moment.
"Because I raised you right," he says bluntly, having chosen his words deliberately, "and I know you'll do the right thing." He's not known for beating around the bush.
Condescending? Not at all. Stupid? It didn't turn out to be.
If we've treated people with integrity, empathy and respect we have every right to expect it back no matter where we are in the corporate hierarchy.
What goes around inevitably comes around. We shouldn't have to duck when it does.