Engineers and ManagersEngineers and Managers
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he's lost. He reduces height
and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts:
"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour
ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man below says: "Yes. You're in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30
feet above this field. You are near 42 degrees N. latitude and 58 degrees W.
"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.
"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you've told me is technically correct,
but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still
The man below says, "You must be a manager."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going.
You've made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to
solve your problem. The fact is, you're in the exact same position you were in
before we met, but now it's somehow my fault."