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Criticism Deflection: The Power of Song

I recently lost my company just over 4 million dollars due to a slight miscalculation on a hastily written product life cycle projection. While we’re all allowed a slip up time and again, I felt I needed a way to deflect the coming criticism. And it had to happen FAST–I had a meeting to explain myself in five minutes!

That’s when I decided to deliver the bad news to the tune of “Here I go Again” by the rock and roll band The Whitesnakes. This song has two great qualities about it that make it a perfect candidate for delivering (and taking the edge off) bad news. The writing is simple, and easy to replace with pertinent words related to your mistake. And two, it’s globally accepted that this song is “fucking awesome”, even after all these years.

Here’s how the lyrics went:

Though I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find the 4 mill I apparently lost
Boss, I hope you give me strength to continue to have a job
Cause I know what it means
to lose 4 million bucks in the street of dreams?

Here I go again on my own
Hoping to get a pass on this money thing!
Like a asshole I was born to make mistakes.
And I’ve made up my mind
I’m going back to my office now…

Once I cued up Janet’s mp3 Jamzboxx™ with the karaoke version of the song, I proceeded to deliver my news. And not surprisingly, it worked like a charm.

When you deliver bad news to this spectacular tune, a boss will be far too busy remembering Tawny Kitaen doing sexy cartwheels on the hoods of Jaguars to register anything you just said–no matter how bad it is.

Once your song is done, if your boss is anything like mine, he will be so worked up, you’ll be the last thing he wants to see at that moment. Once he excuses you, grab your Jamzboxx™ and do a reverse Roger Rabbit out of his office knowing that this most recent mistake has been properly DEFLECTED.

Now all that’s left to do is forget about this one, and concentrate on not losing the company any more large chunks of money.


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  1. Tawny is a fawn hawney! I jack it to her and wipe it up with Brawny! Youtube just deflected my Whitemake (Spooge!) or she would have gotten pregnant in 1986.

    I’m taking notes on calling yourself an asshole. I’ve never really had the opportunity to call myself one, because someone else always beats me to the punch.

  2. Administrator said:

    Bo: GREAT comment! Love the rhyme!

    Remind me never to shake your hand, ever.

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