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
tell me where I am?"
below says: "Yes. You're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this
work in Information Technology" says the balloonist.
replies the man. "How did you know?"
says the balloonist, "Everything you have told me is technically correct, but
it's no use to anyone."
below says, "You must work in business."
replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
says the man, "You don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you
expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we
met, but now it's my fault."
A man was driving along a freeway when
he noticed a chicken running along side his car. He was amazed to see the
chicken keeping up with him because he was doing 50 MPH. He accelerated to 60
and the chicken stayed right next to him. He speeded up to 75 MPH and the
chicken passed him up. The man noticed the chicken had three legs. So, he
followed to chicken down a road and ended up at a farm. He got out of his car
and saw that all the chickens had three legs.
He asked the farmer "What's up with
The farmer said "Well, everybody likes
chicken legs. I bred a three legged bird. I'm going to be a millionaire." The
man asked him how they tasted.
The farmer said "Don't know, haven't
caught one yet."
Example of a Lean Value Chain
The Company Director to the Board Chairman: If
any new ideas come up while I am out of the meeting for a brief phone call,
my vote is 'No.'
A storekeeper had for some time displayed in
his window a card inscribed 'Fishing Tickle.'
A customer drew the proprietor's attention to
the spelling. 'Hasn't anyone told you of it before?' asked the patron.
'Oh, yes,' the dealer said placidly, 'many have
mentioned it. But whenever they drop in to tell me, they always buy
Business Success Secret
Customer: 'But if it costs $10 to make
these watches, and you sell them for $10, where does your profit come in?"
Shopkeeper: ' From repairing them.