FW: Engineers & Managers
Paul L. Rinaldo
Mon, 22 Mar 1999 10:21:36 -0700
de Paul, W4RI
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces
altitude 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 are between 40 and 42
degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude."
"You must be an engineer!" says the balloonist.
"I am", replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," says 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."
The man below says, "You must be a manager!"
"I am," replies the balloonist, "But how did you know?"
"Well," says the engineer, "You don't know where you are, or where you
are going. You have made a promise, which you have no idea how to keep, and
you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact
same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow, my fault?"