Engineers and Managers

Von cw

Found by Chris Wood (CW):

A man in a hot air balloon has lost his orientation. He goes lower and sees a woman on the ground. He sinks further and calls:

“Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend, to meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am”.

The woman answers:

“You are in a hot air balloon about 310 m above sea level. You are at about 52 degrees, 33 minutes, 11 seconds North, and 1 Grad, 10 minutes, 58 seconds West.“

“You must be an engineer” says the balloonist.

“Yes I am“, says the woman, “how did you know?“

“Now“, says the balloonist,everything you have told me is presumably correct, but it is no use to me. I still don’t know where I am. You really have been no help; in fact you have just wasted my time”.

The woman answers: “You must be a manager”.

“Yes” answers the balloonist, “but how did you know?“

“Now” says the woman, “you don’t know where you are, or in which direction to fly. You got into your present position using a lot of hot air. You have made a promise and have no idea how to keep it. And you expect people under you to solve your problems. The fact is that you are in the same situation as before we met, but strangely I am somehow to blame!”


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