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Turn Anger into Positive Energy

Updated: Mar 20, 2022

In today's world, there are various evaluation models and standards, and when you exceed the expectations, your evaluation will be good, and when you don't, your evaluation will be poor. Even when there are no formal evaluation standards, we are happy when we achieve the desired results for each project, and disappointed when we don't. As we continue to work, we experience small joys and sorrows on a daily basis. There may be times when you make a mistake and your boss becomes angry at you.

Mr. Soichiro Honda of Honda Research Institute had a wrench fly at his staff when he got angry, and Mr. Kazuo Inamori, in the midst of revitalizing JAL, had a hand towel fly at his staff when he got angry. Even a reputable entrepreneur who has diligently practiced in Buddhism for years can still get angry at work.

Often the clearer their vision is and the more passionate they are about their work, the more emotional they can become when they don't see the anticipated success. However, what makes them stand out from mediocre managers is that there is love in their anger. They don't get angry just because things don't go their way, but they know their staff can actually succeed if they really dig deep into their talents. Therefore, they convert their anger into energy to help their staff grow; they always wish "Notice, grow, and become capable...". In their anger, they sincerely hope for the growth of their staff. That's why they can hug their staff after they get angry and say, "I know you can do it successfully next time. I count on you." It is because of this love that the organization grows and develops.

After becoming an entrepreneur, I have come to realize how lucky people are to have a boss who cares about them and get angry at them. I wish I had a boss who got angry at me when I made mistakes and watched over my growth without abandoning me who was making a real effort. How happy would I be to work under a boss like that. After I established my own company, I first started taking responsibility of my own failures, then the failures of my staff. And as the company grew, I gradually came to realize that my failures were not mine alone, but they affected all employees. If I fail because of my inexperience, on top of feeling sorry for an employee and client, I also feel sorry for all my employees. The weight of a single failure multiplies. The more seriously I work for my company, the more I understand the heavy responsibility of a president.

It's a blessing to have a boss angry at you. It's a blessing to have a boss seriously considering your growth. When you feel frustrated because you are angry, turn that frustration into energy for your growth. When you feel the order is unreasonable, clear your head, then talk to your boss head-on to find a better alternative. Anger, frustration, and pain are all energy. Whether you use that energy to grow or just be frustrated is up to you.

Lastly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all employees who work under an inexperienced president like me. I will never abandon my employees who make an effort, and even when I am angry, I will continue to work with the sole hope that my employees will grow. I lack my talents in many areas, not only as a manager but also as a person, but I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my employees who accept my shortcomings and sometimes courageously admonish their president.


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