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Friday Funny

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pdq, Jul 16, 2010.

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  1. pdq

    pdq Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    At a very large company, the decision was made to replace the old and experienced administration with a younger, more dynamic set who would cause innovative change, inspire the workers, and make everything wonderful.

    The very successful 60 year old production manager was sad to learn that he was being replaced by a freshly graduated Harvard MBA student. As bitter as he was about the decision, he felt he owed it to the people remaining there to make it a smooth transistion. So, he spent a great deal of time getting everything lined up. He also felt that he would provide the new manager with some advice, and prepared a set of envelopes.

    The following day, he met with his replacement, went through all the org charts, production statistics and related matter. When all done and the student assured him that he understood everything, the old manager reached into his desk and slid the 3 envelopes across the desk, numbered 1, 2, and 3. The student asked what they were.

    The old manager said "You are taking on a tough job. Each envelope has a recommended action in it. When you think things are as bad as they can possibly get, open #1. If time goes by and that doesn't work, open #2. If more time goes and things are still going down hill, open #3", at which point he gets up and leaves.

    So the new manager gives presentation after presentation talking about all the big changes, and all the positive impacts they'll have, essentially saying that everything will be wonderful. Except that as one problem after another gets solved incorrectly, production starts to have errors, cost overruns occur, and spending goes through the roof, destroying the business model. After tearing his hair out, the new manager remembers the envelopes and immediately opens #1, in which there is a small card saying "Blame the prior administration".

    Eureka!!!! He immediately revised his presentations to show how all the problems had their origins with the prior manager, and it was going to be tough sledding but they could do it, he just needed a bit of time. But, 3 months later, things were even worse. None of his good ideas had worked, and people were getting tired of him constantly blaming the prior manager. At the end of his wits, he opens envelope #2.

    Inside is a small card reading "Reorganize".

    Brilliant!!! So, the young manager blames the prior manager for ineffective maangement, now saying that the entire division had to be re-organized, that it would take 3 months, but when done, production would be back on track, errors eliminated, and cost over runs and spending back under control.

    But, 3 months later, things are really in bad shape, to the point where the companys' reputation around the world is being questioned. Completely clueless as to what to do, the young manager carefully reaches for envelope #3 and opens it with shaking hands.

    Opening it slowly, he reached inside and removed the small card. In very fine print it read "Prepare 3 new envelopes for your successor".

  2. bill1949

    bill1949 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Sounds just like odumbass' "plan"...Bill
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