Why Won’t My Saudi Manager Promote Me ?

Two friends Ahmed and Fahad joined a garments company together after completing Textile engineering from same college in Saudi Arabia. Both had passed engineering with almost same grades. After one year the Company Manager promoted Ahmed to a higher position keeping Fahad in the same position.


Fahad was really upset over the matter. He thought he deserved the position since he was a hard-worker. He could not work efficiently with all this on his mind. He struggled with the thought for many days and one day he decided to leave the job. He went to the Manager with his resignation letter and told the Manager that he had been very unfair to him. He also told the Manager that there was no importance for hard working staff in his company and that he promotes only those who praise him.

The Manager was aware of the fact that Fahad was a very hard working employee. Instead of accepting Fahad’s resignation the Manager decided to make Fahad realize the actual reason behind Ahmed’s promotion and show him in what way was Fahad different from Ahmed although they joined the company together.

The Manager asked Fahad to go outside and check if anybody was selling pineapples on the street. Fahad did as the Manager instructed and said, “Yes, there is one guy selling pineapples at the corner of the street” The Manager asked Fahad, “What is the cost per kg?” Fahad rushed to the corner of the street and returned to inform the Manager that the cost per kg was 12 Riyals. The Manager told Fahad to go and bring Ahmed who was working in the other cabin. When Ahmed came the Manager asked him same question.

Ahmed went and returned and told the Manager that, “There is a man selling pineapples around the corner of the street. The cost is 12 Riyals per kg and 100 Riyals for 10 Kg, each pineapple weighed around 3 kgs and that the pineapples were of very good quality and very fresh which were imported from Pakistan” Ahmed also added that in just two days’ time the man had only 200 pineapples left out of 1000 that he had imported”

The Manager turned towards Fahad and saw that he was very impressed with Ahmed’s work. Fahad realized the difference between Ahmed’s and his own work. He tore his resignation letter into pieces and decided to stay and learn from Ahmed.

Moral of the Story

A successful person is he who observes others’ work to assess the quality of his own work and after assessment finds ways to improve himself.  An experienced and successful person often sees years ahead and understand things in depth, while inexperienced ones see only tomorrow. Often people change their views through observation and not through arguments.

Quote: A Traveler without observation is like a bird without wings

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15 Responses to Why Won’t My Saudi Manager Promote Me ?

  1. Abdul Rasheed May 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM #

    This is really inspiring story.. even it is imaginative…..

  2. Ramakrishnan Ranganathan January 27, 2015 at 6:11 PM #

    Forgive me my friends. This is an old Indian moral story involving a King, his minister and one of his other retinues. The incidents are the same with a difference. While on a round of the city the king observes some commotion at a place and sendws the other person to go an find out what it is all about. As in the above story the other person visits the place three or four times and provides the answer to the King. The king then summons his minister who was no where in the midst to go and find out what is happening there. The minister went and returned after some time with all the information that took the other man four/five visits to gather.
    I am happy the story has come in a different format, but the essence of the story is the same.

  3. Tahir Naseem January 9, 2015 at 11:01 PM #

    A good story and guideline for both employers and employees.
    criticism on the word “Saudi Manager” is not valid. Its just a routine matter for any person to mention his or her country in a quote.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ January 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM #

      Thank you for your positive comment, Mr. Tahir 🙂

  4. Muhammad Yousaf December 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM #

    Otherwise story is good and have lesson for learners. But sorry to say facts are different every whare for promotion critaria.

  5. Muhammad Yousaf December 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    I am happy that pinapples were from Pakistan.

  6. amer waseem November 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM #

    Some of them are saying why you use word Saudi in this story they is thinking same as Fahad but they cannot see that Ahmed is also Saudi why all of you are objecting about word Saudi.this is Saudi Bolg.

  7. kvkarunakaran November 5, 2014 at 12:20 AM #


  8. Star Star November 3, 2014 at 3:27 PM #

    A manager is a manger. He or she could be from any nationality. By mentioning a Saudi is seems racist. You spoiled the message.

  9. Zain October 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    i think there is no reason to mention Saudi Arabia, it is just to realize that some one who work in such a competitive position on has to struggle hard to stay high in a organization.

  10. Khalid October 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM #

    The story was put for Saudies because all others can’t feel the case.
    It is real story and happened during yearly appraising employees. It is 100% true in Aramco

  11. Zubair October 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

    Ahmed may be from Egypt. Egyptians are more talkative…this is what I saw in Saudi arabia.

  12. Sabir Ismail Bootay October 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

    Dear Sara,

    Story is really good and lesson giving. Is it real/actual or just imaginative.

    Moreover. Why SAUDI in the title. I don’t understand whether it is used in a positive way or negative.

    I’m KSA for long I see there are many good things to continue stay here.

  13. mushfiq October 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

    Moral is good..but the saudi thing in to title is more racist……

  14. Mohammad October 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM #

    Thanks for the inspiring story.
    But what is the reason be behind mentioning “Saudi” in the title?