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The Policymaking Process July 16, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking, Odds and Ends.

My dad passed on an interesting reader on business strategy my way, which contained the gem that follows. It’s made the rounds on email and elsewhere, for which reason I haven’t attributed it to a specific source. Usually I would agonize about posting something with an epithet (here used twice) in it, but in this case it’s just…so true.

Incidentally, the version in the book is slightly different, and doesn’t contain the last line (before the “attribution”), but is substantially the same.


The Creation

In the beginning was the plan
And then came the assumptions
And the assumptions were without form
And the plan was completely without substance
And the darkness was upon the faces of the employees

And they spake amongst themselves, saying
“It is a crock of shit and it stinks!”

And the employees went unto their supervisors, saying
“It is a pail of dung and none may abide the odor thereof.”

And the supervisors went unto their division managers, saying
“It is a vessel of fertilizer and none may abide its strength.”

And the division managers went unto their system managers, saying
“It contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong.”

And the systems manager went unto the general manager, saying
“It promotes growth and is very powerful.”

And the general manager went unto the Board, saying
“This new plan will actively promote the growth and efficiency of this organization.”

And the Board looked upon the plan and saw that it was good
And the plan became policy.

This is how shit happens.

— Anonymous



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