The Seven Deadly Administrative Sins


A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman 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 woman 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 woman. "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 woman below responded, "You must be in management."

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

"Well," said the woman, "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 which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."

In the beginning was the plan
And then came the assumptions
And the assumptions were without form
And the plan was completely without substance
And the darkness was upon the face of the Employees
And they spoke amongst themselves, saying
"It is a crock of s___ and it stinks"
And the Employees went unto their Supervisors, saying
"It is a pail of dung and none may abide the odor thereof"
And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying
"It is a container of excrement and it is very strong
such that none may abide by it"
And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying
"It is a vessel of fertilizer and none may abide its strength"
And the Directors went unto their Executive Directors, saying
"It contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong"
And the Executive Directors went unto the General Manager, saying
"It promotes growth and is very powerful"
And the General Manager went unto the Board of Directors, saying
"This new plan will actively promote the growth and efficiency of this
organization and these areas in particular"
And the Board of Directors looked upon the plan and saw
that it was good and the plan became policy.
This is how s___ happens.