Read Part 3 of the Dean’s Office.
“Those guys at the back. Yes – one is in a red shirt, the other is in a blue-checkered shirt and the third is in ermm – that should be black or is it a deep blue short sleeved shirt. Don’t look back. I’m talking to the three of you. What’s funny?” I asked.
“Madam, please it’s nothing,” the one in the blue-checkered shirt responded.
“Since the three of you are excited to be in my class this morning, I’m certain you have an answer to my question,” I said. “Explain the concept and features of Value-Base Management.”
After a little bit of hesitation, the one in the black short sleeves stood up.
“Madam, please, Value-Based Management (VBM) for short, is the management philosophy and approach that enables and supports maximum value creation in organisations, typically the maximum of shareholder value. VBM encompasses the processes for creating, managing and …”
“Awesome. That’s wonderful. I think this young man deserves a clap. What is your name?” I asked.
“Madam, please I am Nana,” he responded.
I could still hear some murmurings and giggles from his friends.
“I cherish students who take time to go through the course outline and read ahead of the class. Nana that is five (5) additional marks for class participation,”
“Thank you, madam,” he responded. He whispered something to his friends which drew more laughter from them.
“Some of you would never touch the course outline till it’s revision week and I am waiting to mark your exam scripts,” I said, attracting laughter from the entire class.
“You’re laughing. Don’t forget I’ve also been a student once and I’ve been lecturing for close to six years. I know what you do with my course outline and as Nana rightly described, Value-Based Management or VBM for short is a management philosophy…”
“Do you not respond to calls or call back when you miss calls,” Francis enquired.
“Hello, Francis. What a nice way to acknowledge my presence.” I responded.
“Did your phone display my attempt at reaching you?” Francis continued.
“Who calls a married woman at 11 pm? Were you expecting me to respond? Besides, I did not save your number on my phone the other day. Let’s just assume I did not know it was you,”
“I take it that you do not answer calls from numbers you do not know. What if it’s an emergency?”
“What if my husband had answered the call? What would you have said it was? An emergency from a colleague at work? At 11 pm? Congratulations Dr. Smith. That was smart,” I said, beginning to lose my cool.
With that, I walked away leaving Francis on the corridor. I took the shortest route back to my office before causing a scene. Immediately I sat, I heard a knock on my door.
“Come in,” I said.
“It was not my intention to call so late but I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get thoughts of you out of my head. I find you attractive,” Francis began immediately he entered my office.
“Dr. Smith, what exactly do you want from me? ” I said with all the calmness I could gather.
“I would love to get to know you better if you would give me the chance,”
“Know me better? In what sense?”
“Is it possible for us to be fffriends? Which could lead into a relationship? Possibly?” he asked.
“Wow! Wow! That is enough. Can you leave my office?”
“We can start by getting to know each other better. I promise to behave myself till you decide whether you want to leave your husband and be with me or not,”
“This is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard my entire life. Dr. Smith, please leave my office and I mean it this time,” I said, while I stood up to prepare to escort him out. The audacity. This man is too bold.
“I can’t seem to get you out of my mind. Just think about my proposal and give me a call when you have a response,” Dr. Smith said before leaving my office.
…….to be continued.
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