Chapter 346 – Chief Dong’s first move!
Morning. 10 am.
Level four, Grand Meeting Room.
Everyone in the Investment Promotion Agency is in the meeting room. Deputy Chief Lui Dafa and Deputy Chief Sun Shuli sat in the first row facing the Chief’s table, followed by Office Director Luo Haiting, Deputy Office Director Dan Enguo, Beijing’s Offsite Office Director Pu Yang, Shanghai’s Offsite Office Director Guo Junbao. Behind them is Section Chief of Business Section One, Lin Pingping, Section Chief of Business Section Two, Jiang Hailiang, other staff members.
Everyone sat in their chairs quietly, waiting for the meeting to start.
Lui Dafa and Sun Shuli, the two leaders, are keeping quiet, and the rest dares not to make any noise. They don’t even dare to cough.
Suddenly, everyone in the meeting room heard footsteps outside. Dong Xuebing had arrived.
Clap… clap… clap… Luo Haiting started clapping, and the rest of the staff followed to welcome Dong Xuebing.
Dong Xuebing walks in slowly and smiles at the staff. He went up to his seat and sat down, facing everyone.
The clapping stopped.
Sun Shuli clapped a few times and stopped.
Lui Dafa did not even clap at all. He only waved his hands, pretending to be clapping. In his heart, he is still feeling sore. If Dong Xuebing had not interfered suddenly, he would be the Chief, and this meeting will be hosted by him. He should be the one sitting there and not Dong Xuebing! Because of Dong Xuebing, everything changed, and he ended up as Dong Xuebing’s subordinate! He knows that his life in the Investment Promotion Agency will be tough because of their grudges. Even the lowest-ranked staff member of the Agency knows about this.
Dong Xuebing is the only person sitting at the rostrum.
There are some seats beside him, but they are empty.
An appointment announcement ceremony is normally held by the County’s top leaders. Still, Dong Xuebing’s official appointment is before the Lunar New Year holidays. The ceremony is not held, and today is no longer considered Dong Xuebing’s first day of the appointment. Xie Huilan had asked Dong Xuebing if he needs her to hold the ceremony for him, but Dong Xuebing rejected it.
Dong Xuebing adjusted the microphone and started his speech.
This is the first time Dong Xuebing is giving a speech as the head of a department.
Dong Xuebing cleared his throat and smiled. “Thank you for the warm welcome. You all should know that the higher-ups had appointed me as the Chief of the Investment Promotion Agency before Lunar New Year. Today is my official first day of work. I would like to thank the organization for their trust, Mayor Xie, and the County Party committee for giving me this opportunity. I hope every one of you will put in your 100% at work…”
Clap… clap… clap…
After saying what he must say, Dong Xuebing looked at the staff in front of him and continued. “Attracting investments is not an easy task. The County needs to develop, increase its average income, expand the economy, improve people’s lives… all these are related to our Investment Promotion Agency. Do you all know how many people are watching us? Do you know how many people had pinned their hopes on us? It’s not that I want to criticize your results in the past. Our Yan Tai County cannot even be compared to our surrounding Counties!”
At year-end, the leaders will talk about the good things and not talk about the bad stuff.
But at the start of the year, it is the opposite. Furthermore, Dong Xuebing needs to establish his authority, and denying the past years’ result is part of changes.
The staff whispered among themselves. Dong Xuebing had compared them to the surrounding Counties and made them look bad. Indeed, Yan Tai County’s result in attracting investments is very poor, which had not changed for several years.
Dong Xuebing continued. “I don’t mean anything by saying all these. I just want everybody to think about why other people can attract billions and even tens of billions of investments. In contrast, we can only attract a few hundred million? Why are the investors going to other Counties instead of us? Why? I don’t understand! We are all humans! Why others can achieve that and not us?!” Dong Xuebing raised his voice. “I don’t want to hear excuses such as geographical position, environmental factors, etc. I just know that if others can do it, so can we! If they can bring investors to their Counties, we can also bring investors here! I don’t believe Yan Tai County is worse than those counties! I don’t believe our people here in Investment Promotion Agency are lousier than them!”
Business Section One’s Chief Lin Pingping was the first to clap. What Dong Xuebing said is in line with what she felt.
The staff started clapping enthusiastically.
Luo Haiting also clapped loudly. She thought to herself. No wonder Chief Xiao Dong can get promoted so fast. He is good at motivational speeches.
Lui Dafa sneered. Who doesn’t know how to boast? You want to attract more than a billion-investment funds? If you can maintain 200 million like last year, it will be a miracle! You don’t even know what is going on, and you dare to say such things?!
Deputy Chief Sun Shuli also frowned.
After a while, the meeting ended.
Everyone started to leave.
Dong Xuebing noticed Lui Dafa and Sun Shili are not on good terms with each other. They did not speak or even look at each other. As everyone left, Lui Dafa and Deputy Office Director Dan Enguo walked out together while speaking softly. Sun Shuli left by himself without speaking to anyone else. The two Chiefs of the Business Sections, Lin Pingping, and Jiang Hailiang smiled and chatted for a while before walking out with their staff. As for the rest of the offsite Office Directors, Dong Xuebing did not monitor them closely. After all, they are not station in Yan Tai County.
“Ahem!” Dong Xuebing cleared his throat and said. “All the leaders stay back for a meeting.”
The ones that were about to leave the meeting room stopped, puzzled. The staff members continued their way out of the meeting room.
You have not even sat in your office for more than an hour, and you dare to call for a meeting? What are you trying to do?
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Luo Haiting walked over to Dong Xuebing and asked. “Chief Dong, what materials do you need? I will go and prepare them now. Will the meeting be held in the small meeting room?”
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