Hi, We're from Corporate And We Are Here to Help

There's an old Borscht Belt line that says, "Don't pee on my shoe and tell me it's raining."

Sometimes you feel that way in the business world when people from Corporate Headquarters come to town.

In my career, I have sometimes been the Guy from Corporate who flys into town to visit the remote business units. Sometimes you are there to listen and to learn, but more often than not, you are there to implement some dictate from the Top. The folks at the local site can smell you a mile away. They know that you have come to town for a reason...and they suspect that they may not like it.

Currently I am based inside a remote business unit, hundreds of miles away from Corporate Headquarters. The other day some visitors from Corporate came to town and asked, "What can we do to help you?"

Naturally, your first thought is to say "Go home"...but you don't say it. Wouldn't want to insult people from Higher Up.

So you then say to yourself, "OK. Answer the question. But be careful what you wish for. You may get it."

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