Yesterday Mr. Law picked us up at the boat ramp in southern China and drove us to make several stops. He works for a factory that we were there to visit. Mr Law takes care of people. And he just takes care of Stuff. He coordinates and keeps things moving. Lots of companies in Asia have a Grease Man or two on staff. The Grease Man is critical to lubricating the system so Stuff Happens as it should.
Mr Law does not speak any English. None of us speak Chinese. He is a great communicator. He was on time and located us right off the boat. He made phone calls so our hosts were ready when we arrived. He dropped us right at the door and then went off to do other Important Grease Man Stuff.
When lunch rolled around he had the car cool and ready at the door. When we arrived at the resturant he pointed the way and went off to discuss Stuff with the waite & cook staff. I suspect the conversation was something along the lines of "Take good care of these folks. They are my guests and I have a responsibilty". Then he arrived to join us after we had already settled in at the table.
At the end of the day our Grease Man delivered us and our luggage exactly where we needed to be. He smiled and waved us off. He had other Grease Man Stuff to take care of. That is what he does.
We all can learn a little something good from a Grease Man. He serves with strength & authority, but with large measures of kindness and concern for others. At the end of the day I wanted a photo with him, but Mr Law was pretty shy about it. That's classic Grease Man. The focus is on getting the job done.
So Mr. Law, I salute you and your Gease Man Brothers out there who work so hard to Make Stuff Happen.