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A New Take on New Clothes

In the story The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, a foolish emperor is gulled by two conmen posing as weavers. They offer to make him the finest garment made of the most magnificent material in the world. Yet they warn him that this material is invisible to anyone who lacks intelligence. When his […]

Holiday Relaxation?

“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham

The HR Director Goes to Heaven

A highly successful HR Director was tragically knocked down by a bus and killed. Her soul arrived at the Pearly Gates, where St Peter welcomed her: “Before you get settled in,” he said, “We have a little problem… you see, we’ve never had a HR Director make it this far before and we’re not really […]

Don’t just hope for the best

Cultural Clangers. How Not to do Business Abroad…

Pepsi’s slogan “Come alive with the Pepsi Generation” translated into “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave” in Chinese. Bacardi created what they described as “upscale bitters drink” and called it “Pavane” (French slang for “chick”) to give it a frisson of Gallic chic. It bombed in German-speaking territories because the word means ‘baboon’ […]

The Grizzly and the Atheist

A committed atheist was on a trekking holiday in the mountains when he got lost in the forest. A large grizzly bear, with three starving cubs back home in her den suddenly emerged from the undergrowth. The atheist screamed in terror, turned and ran. The bear was quicker however, and after a long and desperate […]

And Finally: A Sideways Look at Marketing

A Marketing Slant on a Softball Game An interoffice softball game was held every year between the Marketing Department and support staff of a large company. The day of the game, as hard as the Marketers tried, the support staff beat the Marketing Department soundly. In their best tradition, the Marketing Department decided to find […]

Humour – Corporate take on New Year resolutions

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A Load of Hot Air

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” The woman below replied, “You […]

A Crash Course in Management Speak

They Say They Mean That’s very interesting. I disagree. I don’t disagree. I disagree. I don’t totally disagree with you. You may be right, but I don’t care. You have to show some flexibility. You have to do it whether you want to or not. We have an opportunity. You have a problem. You obviously […]