Ted was the best salesman anyone had ever seen. Not only could he make the customers believe up is down, he was even able to sell this to the engineers! Too bad he was working for an aerospace company.
Good news, we finally identified the reason the cartons were being shipped upside down, the loaders were reading the label as "Down". Since changing the label would cost money, we are replacing the current workforce with illiterates and expect the savings to drop immediately to the bottomline.
I'm sure no one here will be surprised to learn that our shipping department is incapable of reading this correctly and instead of training or improving the label, management has decided our task is to redesign the product so orientation doesn't matter.
Billy was all confident on resolving the volume down part number shortage that was going to stop production: "... keep building with the UP buttons that we still have, just invert them, it will still infer to lower the volume. UP in capitals goes for shouting, dn in lower case goes for lower..."
Billy was explaining his idea to reduce part numbers at the cost savings workshop"... buy only one part and use it up or down..."
By using the same tried and tested "UP" training program on you engineers we hope to overcome your lack of people skills and that "know it all" attitude thus improving project cooperation and product quality.
"The safety department came up with this...and written on the back, says, 'watch your feet so you won't trip'. After the first month, falling is down 50%. But what went UP by 50% is: smashing into walls!"
The Australian engineers were dumbfounded when US-based HR announced that in order to encourage all employees at all global locations to "pull in the same direction," UP is now the skyward direction at corporate headquarters in New York for everyone.