Erstwhile coauthor Craig reminded me of this old Army classic, the “stand by to stand by” scenario.
Let’s say you have a battalion function, a formation, at 0900. The company 1SG will order the platoon sergeants to have a formation at 0830. The platoon sergeants will order a formation at 0800. Squad leaders, not wanting anyone tardy, will order a formation at 0730. Team leaders, knowing their soldiers are squirrelly, will order them to report at 0700.
Craig will be using this scenario to discuss Sherman’s march to the sea later this evening at his excellent To the Sound of the Guns blog later today.
What kind of silliness have you had to put up with in the service or in business?