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Science and Management

A man in a hot-air balloon has lost his orientation. He goes deeper and sees a woman on the ground. He sinks even further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend to meet him an hour ago; and I don’t know where I am.”

The woman on the ground answers:
“You are in a hot-air balloon about 10 meters above the ground. You are at 49 degrees, 58 minutes, 57 seconds north latitude and 8 degrees, 17 minutes, 24 seconds east longitude.”

“You have to be an engineer” says the balloonist.

“I am,” replies the woman, “how do you know that?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information and the fact is, I still don’t know where I am. Frankly speaking you were no help. You just delayed my trip further. ”

The woman replies: “You have to be in management.”

“Yes,” replies the balloonist, “but how do you know that?”

“Well,” says the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You got into your current position because of a lot of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea about how to keep it and expect the people below to solve your problems. The fact is that you are in the same position as you were before we met, but strangely enough, now it is somehow my fault! “