The creation of policy

I found this in a file folder and don’t know where it comes from. At the bottom is a handwritten note: “Euphemius Chl vi,” but I don’t think this is from the 9th century. 😉 This little story is exactly why I hate working for big organizations.

In the beginning was the plan

Then came the assumptions

And the assumptions were without form

And the plan was completely without substance

And darkness came upon the faces of the clerks

And they spake unto their Supervisor saying:

“It is a crock of shit and it stinketh”

And the Supervisor went unto the Team Leader and sayeth unto him:

“It is a pail of dung and none may abide the odour thereof”

And the Team Leader went unto his Manager and sayeth unto him:

“It is a container of excrement it is very strong and none may abide by it”

And the Manager went unto his head of sub-division and sayeth unto him:

“It is a vessel of fertilizer and none may abide its strength”

And the Manager of sub-division went unto his Divisional Manager and sayeth:

“It is a container which aids plants and is very strong”

And the Divisional Manager went unto his Director and sayeth unto him:

“It promoteth growth and is very powerful”

And the Director went unto the Board and sayeth unto them:

“This powerful new plan will promote the growth and efficiency of the company”

And the Board looked upon the plan and saw that it was good

And thus the plan became policy.

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