You know the drill. You’ve been dreading the employee ‘renewal’ retreat for as long as you knew there was going to be a retreat. You hope just once that you’ll have some fun and learn something, but you know that really all you are going to get is CHEESE.
Here comes the guest speaker now. The lights go down. Another PowerPoint presentation…yawn.
Slide 1: More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems.”
Slide 2: “We must end collective acceptance of inappropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism.”
Slide 3: “When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved.”
Slide 4: “An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin.”
Slide 5: “We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support.”
By this point you are considering stabbing yourself in the eye with your ballpoint or faking cardiac arrest…anything to avoid listening to more of this blather…
But, it gets worse…you fall asleep and awake only when the lights come back up, just in time to hear that the speaker has been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States of America…huh??
Yep, the quotes on those slide are from Helen Miers in her position as President of the Texas Bar Association. This is the crackerjack gimcrack brainio Bush wants on the highest court of the land??
Hat Tip to NYT Editorialist David Brooks.