Joke of the month: Why engineers don’t become managers
The management of a company has had a flagpole erected in front of the company building and is very proud of it. However, nobody knows how tall this flagpole is, which would be useful for the press release. The managers find ways to measure the height of the flagpole with a yardstick, but none of the managers get all the way to the top. Even a table with a chair on which a manager has climbed is not enough.
The freelance engineer comes by, unhooks the flagpole, puts it on the meadow, measures, says: ´The flagpole is exactly 7.58 meters long´ and leaves.
As soon as he has left, a misconceiving manager says: “That is so typical for an engineer! We want to know how HIGH the pole is and he tells us how LONG it is instead! Such a person could never get promoted to management level with us.”
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 82.