Festive Joke – Management Consultants

A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW roared over a hill towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd, “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?”

The shepherd looked at the man, then looked at his peacefully grazing flock and calmly answered, “Sure.”

The visitor parked his car, whipped out an iPad, surfed to a NASA page where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, downloaded to a database, and populated an Excel spreadsheet with complex formula. He sent an email on his Blackberry and, after a few seconds, received a response. Finally, he printed out a report on his hi-tech, portable printer then turns to the shepherd and said, “You have exactly 1586 sheep.”

“That is correct; take one of the sheep.” said the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car.

Then the shepherd says: ” If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?”

“OK, why not.” answered the young man.

“Clearly, you are a management consultant.” said the shepherd.

“That’s correct,” says the young man, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answers the shepherd. “You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don’t know anything about my business. Now give me back my dog.”


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