A joke currently being fired by e-mail between PROs has come to my
Washington Post man-about-town Bob Levey recently wrote about PROs in
his column. Apparently, they are as prolific in Washington as
politicians and lawyers.
When he posed the question: ’How many PROs does it take to change a
light bulb?’ he obviously drew on experience of life in the capital and
came up with over 20 responses.
But some helpful US PROs decided to add in a few of their own when they
realised Levey’s knowledge wasn’t absolutely comprehensive.
The final number of 27 apparently needed includes: one to hear on the
grapevine that a light bulb will soon be changed; one to confirm the
rumour; and one to decide whether a media event is needed to
Once this is decided, the publicising starts, with: one to research the
history of light bulbs; one to arrange a ’Light Bulbs Through the Years’
display at a prominent museum; one to prepare a statistical analysis of
the number of workers who could be affected by the change; and one to
develop a comprehensive Q&A to deflect any tough questions about light
When the time for the event comes around, you need: one to test the bulb
before the media arrive; one to get a spare in case something happens to
the first bulb; one to hold the chair for the maintenance worker who is
doing the changing; one to write a news release on the maintenance
worker; and one to prepare a report for management explaining what the
events have accomplished.
And finally, of course, you need one to study how a similar event could
be handled more efficiently in the future.