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A Management Lesson in Logic

# A Management Lesson in Logic

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Published by: rvktirumalai on Apr 08, 2012

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A management lesson in logic
Something good to start your day with .."Ashok, a fresh computer graduate from a world- class University, goes for aninterview in a software company. The interviewer is Sunder, a grubby old man. And the first question he asksAshok is, ‘Are you good at logic?’‘Of course,’ replies Ashok.‘Let me test you,’ replies Sunder. ‘Two men come down a chimney. One comeswith a clean face and the other comes out with a dirty face. Which one wouldwash his face?’Ashok stares at Sunder. ‘Is that a test in Logic?’ Sunder nods.‘The one with the dirty face washes his face’, Ashok answers wearily.‘Wrong. The one with the clean face washes his face. Examine the simplelogic. The one with the dirty face looks at the one with the clean face andthinks his face is clean. The one with the clean face looks at the one with thedirty face and thinks his face is dirty. So, the one with the clean face washeshis face.’‘Hmm. I never thought of that," says Ashok. ‘Give me another test.’Sunder holds up two fingers, ‘Two men come down a chimney. One comes outwith a clean face and the other comes out with a dirty face. Which one washeshis face?’‘We have already established that. The one with the clean face washes hisface.’‘Wrong. Each one washes one’s face. Examine the simple logic. The one withthe dirty face looks at the one with the clean face and thinks his face is clean. The one with the clean face looks at the one with the dirty face and thinks hisface is dirty. So, the one with the clean face washes his face. When the onewith the dirty face sees the one with the clean face washing his face, he alsowashes his face. So each one washes one’s face.’‘I didn't think of that!’ says Ashok. ‘It's shocking to me that I could make anerror in logic. Test me again!’

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