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The Shepherd and the Suit

Use this fable when people seem over reliant on processes and gadgets or as a joke about consultants.

nce upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road. Suddenly, a brand new Jeep Cherokee screeches to a halt next to him. The driver - a young man dressed in a Bironi 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 looks at the grazing sheep and replies, 'Okay.' The young man parks his car and connects his notebook to the Internet. He logs in to the NASA website, scans the ground using his GPS, opens a database and prints out a report on his portable printer. 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 takes his animal and puts it in the back of his Jeep. The shepherd looks at the young man and says, 'If I guess your profession, will you return the animal to me?'

'Yes, why not.'
'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 and third, you don't understand anything about my business. Now can I have my dog back?'

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