How Management Functions

The best explanation I’ve found for how management works is contained in this joke that never mentions managers.

A scientist is experimenting on a frog. He says to the frog, “Jump, frog!”

The frog jumps.

The scientist writes in his notepad: “Frog jumps on command.”

The scientist takes a scalpel and cuts off one of the frog’s front legs, and says, “Jump, frog!”

The frog jumps.

The scientist writes in his notepad: “When left front leg is removed, frog jumps on command.”

The scientist takes the scalpel and cuts off the frog’s other front leg, and says, “Jump, frog!”

The frog strains and pushes himself into what passes for a jump.

The scientist writes in his notepad: “When right front leg is removed, frog jumps on command.”

The scientist takes the scalpel and cuts off one of the frog’s back legs, and says, “Jump, frog!”

The frog flops and wobbles, but it achieves a jump.

The scientist writes in his notepad: “When right rear leg is removed, frog jumps on command.”

The scientist takes the scalpel and removes the frog’s last leg, and says, “Jump, frog!”

The frog lays where it is.

The scientist writes in his notepad: “When left rear leg is removed, frog cannot hear.”

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