Product Management Joke: CEO Pool Party
A CEO throws a pool party for her employees. Giddiness turns to fear as her employees arrive and find their boss’ Olympic-size swimming pool swarming with over a dozen live sharks.
“As you know,” the CEO says, “I value courage. Courage is what made me the success I am today. If any of you has the courage to jump into my pool, swim past those sandbar sharks, and make it to the other side, I will give you a bonus check — and you tell me the amount.”
After a moment of silence, the CEO says, “No takers? Then let’s head to the pool on the other side of the house and–!”
A loud splash interrupts the CEO’s train of thought. Everyone turns to see one of the junior Product Managers in the pool, swimming for his life. He punches sharks in the nose, dodges left and right, and pulls himself out of the pool just as the largest shark snaps at his sneakers.
The CEO runs up to the PM and says, “That was the bravest thing I’ve ever seen! And I’m a woman of my word. The bonus check is yours. Just tell me what you want.”
Struggling to breathe, the PM swallows hard then says, “I want to know who the hell pushed me into the pool!”
Public Service Announcement: Some sharks can actually live in swimming pools but they shouldn’t be kept as pets for multiple reasons.