Stupid guy in a boat

In one of those motivational 37-way conference calls the other day, a big cheese told a story about two guys in a boat:

“A leak springs on a boat, and one guy thinks he’s OK, because he’s on the dry side — but they’re both going down. Just because we’re in good shape doesn’t mean we don’t have to circle the wagons.”

I have at least two things to say about this. First off, that guy on the dry side who thinks he’s OK is really stupid. I mean, how big is this boat? The story starts: “There are two guys on a boat.” This is more dinghy than ocean liner. This guy is staring at a leak springing up six inches to his left and thinks, “Whew!”

And the other thing. Is it just me, or does “Just because we’re in good shape doesn’t mean we don’t have to circle the wagons” remind you of that Nirvana lyric, “Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you”? Just more lame?

I think there was also something about “a mission-critical window of opportunity,” but I was too drunk off the mixed cocktail of metaphors to pay attention.

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