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The Shepherd and the Suit
Use this joke when people seem over-reliant on processes, gadgets and consultants.
|nce upon a time, a shepherd was looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road. Suddenly, a brand-new Land Rover Defender screeches to a halt beside him. The driver - a young man dressed in a Brioni suit, Cerutti shoes, Gucci sunglasses, Cartier wrist-watch and a Charvet tie - gets out and asks the shepherd, "If I guess how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?" |
The shepherd looks at the young man, then at the grazing sheep and replies, "Okay." The young man parks his car and looks at his smartphone. He logs in to ChatGPT and types in a question. He turns to the shepherd and says, "You have 1586 sheep here." The shepherd answers, "That's correct; you may have your sheep."
The young man puts his animal in the back of his car. The shepherd looks at the young man and says, "If I guess your profession, will you return the animal to me?"
"You are a consultant."
"That's amazing. How did you know?"
"Very simple," answers the shepherd. "First, you come here without being called. Second, you charge me for something I already knew; third, you don't understand anything about my business. Now can I have my sheep back?"