A Management Report
THE SAGA OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS OF REPORTS
Question: How many feet do mice have?
Original Reply: Mice have four feet.
Mgmt comment: Elaborate.
Revision 1: Mice have five appendages, four of which are feet.
Mgmt comment: No discussion of fifth appendage.
Revision 2: Mice have five appendages; four of them are feet and one is a tail.
Mgmt comment: What? Feet with no legs?
Revision 3: Mice have four legs, four feet, and one tail per mouse.
Mgmt comment: Confusing. Is that a total of 9 appendages?
Revision 4: Mice have four leg-foot assemblies and one tail assembly per body.
Mgmt comment: Does not fully discuss the issue.
Revision 5: Each mouse comes equipped with four legs and a tail. Each leg is equipped with a foot at the end opposite the body; the tail is not equipped with a foot.
Mgmt comment: Descriptive but not decisive.
Revision 6: Allotment for mice will be: FOUR LEG-FOOT ASSEMBLIES, ONE TAIL. Deviation from this policy is not permitted as it would constitute misapportionment of scarce appendage assets.
Mgmt comment: Too authoritative, stifles creativity.
Revision 7: Mice have four feet; each foot is attached to a small leg joined integrally with the overall mouse structural sub-system. Also attached to the mouse sub-system is a thin tail, non-functional and ornamental in nature.
Mgmt comment: Too verbose and scientific. Answer the question.
Final Revision: Mice have four feet.
Mgmt comment: Approved.