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A software developer, a hardware engineer and a mid-level manager were on their way to a conference center located near the top of a mountain. After the conference they were driving down the steep mountain road and suddenly the brakes on their car failed. The car careened almost out of control down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously ground to a halt scraping along the mountainside. The car's occupants, shaken but unhurt, now had a problem: they were stuck halfway down a mountain in a car with no brakes. What were they to do?

"I know," said the manager, "Let's have a meeting, propose a Vision, formulate a Mission Statement, define some Goals, and by a process of Continuous Improvement find a solution to the Critical Problems, and we can be on our way."No, no," said the hardware engineer, "That will take far too long, and besides, that method has never worked before. I've got my Swiss Army knife with me, and in no time at all I can strip down the car's braking system, isolate the fault, fix it, and we can be on our way". "Well," said the software developer, "Before we do anything, I think we should push the car back to the top of the mountain and see if it happens again."

A program manager has been working his team extra hard and as a small reward offers to take two of the engineers out to lunch. Walking to the restaurant they trip over a magic lamp and out pops a genie offering them each one wish. The first engineer asks for a yacht in the Pacific with $1 million on board and 20 beautiful girls. Poof! He is off to his yacht in the Pacific. The second engineer says that sounds great! Ill have the same, except put my yacht in the Caribbean. Poof! He is off to his yacht in the Caribbean. And what is your wish the genie asks the program manager? "I want those two back at work in 30 minutes."

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." 

The man below says: "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field." 

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist. 

"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?" 

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information. 

"The man below says, "You must be a planner." 

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

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you are going, and you have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault." 

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