Monday, February 11, 2013

Unintentional humor from the executive suite

I’ve heard this story now and then over the years. I’ve also seen it on the Web. Perhaps you have, too. Whether true or fictitious,* it’s pretty funny:

As director of communications, I was asked to prepare a memo reviewing our company’s training programs and materials. In the body of the memo one of the sentences mentioned the “pedagogical approach” used by one of the training manuals. The day after I routed the memo to the executive committee, I was called into the HR Director’s office, and was told that the executive VP wanted me out of the building by lunch. When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn’t stand for “perverts” (pedophiles?) working in her company. Finally he showed me her copy of the memo, with her demand that I be fired, with the word “pedagogical” circled in red. The HR Manager was fairly reasonable, and once he looked the word up in his dictionary and made a copy of the definition to send to my boss, he told me not to worry. He would take care of it. Two days later a memo to the entire staff came out, directing us that no words which could not be found in the local Sunday newspaper could be used in company memos. A month later, I resigned. In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation letter by pasting words together from the Sunday paper. (Source)

The Takeaway: Have a great Monday.

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*If you have proof that this really happened, I would be interested in seeing it. Please email me at joeroy(at)joeroy(dot)com.

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