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How Many Is ‘A Couple’?

September 29, 2015

Mom, can I have some candy?

Sure, Rodney. You can have a couple.

I was four years old. It’s one of my earliest memories, and has been reinforced by countless retellings from my mother. Someone had come to the door and she was distracted. This was the perfect opportunity  for an opportunistic little kid to get some treats. Mom is more likely to say yes when someone else is in the room. 

We do the same things in business. There are good times and bad times to ask for additional resources. Now, I would recommend you not be as calculating as I was, because your managers, like my mother are not stupid. 

I would also recommend you not follow up your request with my four year old response. 

As my mother turned back to the person at the door, I started suffing my pockets with candy from the bowl on the table. Mom turned back around just as I was grabbing the last pieces. I realized I’d been caught. 

Rodney, what are you doing?

Mom, how many is a couple? 

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday at 7:00 AM Mountain Time. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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