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To be a manager

  dagbladet 12:26 24 Apr 2007

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below says, "Yes, you are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 & 42 degrees N latitude and between 58 & 60 degrees W. longitude."

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.

"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I am still lost."

The man below says, "You must be a manager"

"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man below, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met but now it is somehow my fault."

  lotvic 22:30 24 Apr 2007

That sums it up nicely - Good one dagbladet :))

  Forum Editor 22:43 24 Apr 2007

the manager is the one floating aloft in the company balloon, and the engineer is standing in the middle of a field with a massive chip on his shoulder.

  LastChip 23:41 24 Apr 2007

if the man aloft was a good manager, the engineer wouldn't have a chip on his shoulder.

In all my years working, I have only ever met two people who I would consider good (even perhaps exceptional) managers. A few more have been average and the majority are appalling.

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