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Action Memos
Sometimes getting something approved is as frustrating as it is funny.

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00:00 - 00:05So, some of my staff came up with this idea...
00:05 - 00:07I said, "Capture it in an action memo."
00:07 - 00:10"And send it up to me for approval."
00:11 - 00:16They went away and started working on it.
00:17 - 00:21I'm never going to approve it.
00:21 - 00:24Ever!
00:26 - 00:28Never?
00:29 - 00:31No way...
00:31 - 00:34Not in one million years!
00:38 - 00:40Never.
00:41 - 00:47Typing memos keeps them from talking to each other about how miserable their work is.
00:47 - 00:50When they're done and they submit it...
00:50 - 00:56I will ask, "Who cleared this?"
00:58 - 00:59I'll make them find people to clear it.
00:59 - 01:01It will get lost in clearance!
01:04 - 01:06The memo will never see the light of day!
01:06 - 01:08At least not in my office...
01:13 - 01:14Seriously!
01:14 - 01:16They won't figure out the right format.
01:16 - 01:20We change the approved format all the time.
01:21 - 01:27It helps us keep them quiet and confused.
01:35 - 01:36As soon as they start to figure it out....
01:36 - 01:39We change it again and don't tell them.
01:41 - 01:44Seriously though, the format is stupid.
01:44 - 01:47It doesn't make much sense to anyone.
01:47 - 01:49It would appear that we pulled it from our you know what!
01:50 - 01:53And we did!
01:54 - 01:56But it is effective...
01:56 - 01:58They spend all their time typing.
01:58 - 02:02The sheer volume of people working on action memos is crazy.
02:05 - 02:07For me..
02:10 - 02:11to do something...
02:11 - 02:13something...
02:15 - 02:17Something that I already agree with doing
02:17 - 02:20but they think action memos are the only way to get me to approve something!
02:21 - 02:28They have great ideas that I wish I could come up with...
02:29 - 02:30Do you claim credit?
02:30 - 02:32All the time!
02:36 - 02:39I love watching people chase their own tails!
02:40 - 02:42I have never even approved an action memo.
02:50 - 02:55I wouldn't even recognize the new format.
02:56 - 02:58Times New Roman?
02:58 - 03:04Times New Roman, 12 point font, single spacing... you know...
03:04 - 03:09all the stuff that makes it look official so they feel like it stands a chance of being approved.
03:09 - 03:11But it won't be approved.
03:16 - 03:20Not by me at least.
03:23 - 03:26Seriously, I have better things to do than approve action memos.
03:31 - 03:36The bureaucracy is fantastic and it really helps keep people from wandering around and complaining about things.