Humor is risky - perhaps a third of people enjoy it, a third
don't care and a third consider it irrelevant (at best). However, a sense of
humor may help a coach or consultant stay resourceful in the midst of chaos.
Some people don't understand the term “sense of humor”.
what follows was mostly heard during our systemic coaching or training.
He who laughs last thinks slowest!
- Management Coaching is one-half bureaucracy,
one-third crisis, one-quarter routine and one-eighth accomplishment ...
and never enough time to check the math.
- Corporate Consultants must have equal parts of perspiration,
inspiration and resignation; and must be convincingly confident ...
especially when uncertain about the next step.
- Consulting: If you're not paid for solutions,
are you paid to delay solutions?
- We were both self-employed coaches seeking a
- Our first date was test marketing and determining the
- We were late for a consumption function, so we adjusted our
- Our first month was our diagnostic period for
- Our first argument ineffectively profiled an
- We respected each other's displayed assets and core competencies
- We evaluated each other's strategic paradigms using
- Our Valentine cards listed executive summaries in
- We decided on a functional merger to create a
- We select domestic consumables using
- Going to bed is now a value-added win-win situation
with the co-CEO
- We celebrate our anniversaries with
- And now we are parents with a
new team member on board
- We and our junior executive share many
- ... with endless potential for destructive testing and
- We considered re-engineering and downsizing our
- ... but instead we reorganized into a quality-team based
- Obviously, our contingency planning avoided
- So we are marketing our combined systemic expertise
- We offer in-house skill-based
experiential intensives in domestic performance
Questions Consultants Hate (personal experiences)
- How can we concentrate our resources on all of our projects?
- Can you list all the unknown problems we will encounter?
- While you are completing this project - can you also ... ?
- I can't put this off any longer ... will you do it for me?
- Why didn't you tell us the effective solutions first?
- Can you delay finding that solution until ... ?
- Can we delay paying you until ... ?
But all you did was ask us questions - we
found the answers by ourselves!
Management: 10 (personal experiences)
- My project is important ... don't do anything more important!
- We can't reveal our communication problems to employees!
- You must strongly recommend that they keep my position!
- I can't tell them that you solved that problem in one day!
- Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting my schedule!
- I shouldn't have to tell you what I am hiring you to do!
- You must confirm what I have already recommended!
- If I wanted it tomorrow, I would ask for it tomorrow!
- If you get me promoted - I will get you more work!
- I don't have time to tell you exactly what I want!
Consultants: 5 (mixed sources)
- If you can solve it in a week, get a three month contract
- Give expensive advice on topics you know little about
- Hyphenate words-that-don't-need-to-be-hyphenated
- Call it what you like, but be ready to fire people
- Agree with all general statements
- Help us out, consultants...
Success is too important to take seriously!
Management Styles (loosely based on Dr Clare Graves research)
1. Survival: What teamwork? You're on your own!
2. Family: Teamwork is doing it the way that grandfather wanted it done!
3. Power: Teamwork is easy - just do what I say!
4. Establishment: Teamwork is doing it by the book!
5. Success: Teamwork follows the Golden Rule: Whoever has the gold makes the
6. Consensus: Teamwork is being nice to each other!
7. Systemic: If you were team leader yesterday, today you make the
8. Global: If it doesn't save a whale - it's not worth doing!
Demotivating Motivation (heard in
- Their mindless jobs are better than no jobs at all!
- We will cancel vacations until productivity rises!
- We remove the light at the end of their tunnel until production
Unbelievababble (from news
- AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months,
saying he lacked intellectual leadership. Walter received
a $26 million severance package.
- In Oregon, USA, a 27-year-old unemployed man with
an MBA murdered three people. "There are too many MBAs"
he said, "if I had chosen another field, this may not
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