The Monkey Puzzle Tree.

Consider a tree full of monkeys. The monkeys at the bottom have to raise their heads to look up -so the monkeys at the top think the monkeys at the bottom are smiling at them. And of course all the monkeys at the bottom can see are a bunch of Assholes.

I outlined this view of modern business practices last night (After a TOI-Research meeting.. More on that later).. to a very very senior IBM executive. I've never actually seen whisky shoot out of someone's nose before. However, his rebuttal also amused me greatly. Challenged on why all senior management of all firms tend to make extraordinarily stupid decision, he said that the Oxygen was very thin at that level....

So next time something stupid lands on your desk, just say "Oxygen deprivation", nod and get on with life...