Saturday, March 24, 2007

One-Way Conversation

He folded his hands and leaned forward on his desk.


"We're different from other organizations," he said.


[I cannot tell you how often I've heard that one.]


"The lessons learned elsewhere cannot be applied here."


[Why not? Do you employ Martians?]


"In fact, I'm not sure if my managers will even talk with an outsider."


[I've never had any trouble getting them to talk. The difficulty has been getting them to shut up.]


"Frankly, we are suspicious of anyone who hasn't worked in our industry."


[That must be how you get all of those new ideas.]


"And if the employees had any problems, I'm sure that they'd talk to our HR director."


[You mean they'll talk to that person seated over there who flinches whenever you make a sudden gesture?]


"But we'll give it a try anyway. If you want, I'll explain everything to the team in advance."


[That's okay. I think I'll handle that part.]

2 Comments:

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Rowan Manahan said...

Or my recent tooth-grinder:

Me: Your MArketing Driector is the problem. I've only spent half a day out of a scheduled 5 days talking to your management team; but I can already tell you that your Marketing Director is a sadistic, cancerous thug. He's the root cause of all your problems with morale, staff turnover, reputation and prro margins.

CEO: Yeah, I thought you might say something like that; but he does alway make his top-line number ...

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Well, if he makes his numbers then he must be great!

Aargh.

 

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