For the next few weeks we’ll share some oldies but goodies that, hopefully, give you cause to smile. As regular readers of this column know, management and work in general should not be all that serious all the time. Of course it should always be about moving forward and accomplishing goals. However, sometimes the best way to get there is to get people to relax a little – and humor can be a big help.
So, I’m sharing something a reader e-mailed me long ago. For those of us who manage and work for a living, it might provide a chuckle.

WASHINGTON, DC - Congress is considering sweeping legislation which will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.
“Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said one U.S. Senator who asked not to be identified. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”
Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million “middle man” positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.
Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given, to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle-management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.
Finally, the AWNAA Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Nonables – banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as “Do you have any skills or experience which relate to the job?”
“As a Non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., from her lack of any discernible job skills. “This new law should really help people like me.”
With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Said another anonymous Senator: “As a Senator With No Abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her adequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation.”

Next week: Throwing bricks

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