Management Joke

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and

spotted a man below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can

you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t

know where I am.”

The man below replied, “You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately

30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude

and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist.

“I am,” replied the man, “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically

correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact

is I am still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help so far.”

The man below responded, “You must be a manager.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the man on the ground, “you don’t know where you are or where

you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of

hot air. You made a promise that 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, somehow, it’s my fault.”


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