INT. OFFICE – DAY
A manager is talking to gathered employees.
MANAGER: We need to think outside the box. It’s time to raise the bar to the next level and leverage our synergies and core competencies to achieve our objectives. We need to take ownership of our goals because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So let’s make sure we’re all on the same page and hit the ground running to go the extra mile this quarter.
Smoke starts coming out of the manager’s head. The employees look like they’ve seen it all before, apart from the new starter.
MANAGER: Let’s optimize our potential and maximize our impact. We need to be proactive, not reactive. So let’s give it 110%.
NEW STARTER: There’s smoke! Smoke’s coming out of your head.
MANAGER: Yes, but I am not a robot. I am a highly motivated management professional. We need to stay focused on our key performance indicators and exceed our targets.
The smoke is more severe.
MANAGER: Must motivate… must motivate… success is a journey…
The manager freezes; then after a pause returns back to life, more robotically.
MANAGER: Beep boop beep. Error. Malfunction detected. Robo-Manager will be sent back to the factory for repairs.
The manager walks out of the room like a robot. Everyone looks relieved that they can do some work.