What Is Confidence?

confidence.gifA hypothetical situation where 20 CEO’s board an airplane and are told that the flight that they are about to take is the first-ever to feature pilotless technology: It is an uncrewed aircraft. Each one of the CEO’s is then told, privately, that their company’s software is running the aircraft’s automatic pilot system. Nineteen of the CEO’s promptly leave the aircraft, each offering a different type of excuse.

One CEO alone remains on board the jet, seeming very calm indeed. Asked why he is so confident in this first uncrewed flight, he replies : “If it is the same software that runs my company’s IT systems, this plane won’t even take off.” !!!!

That is called Confidence!!!

Makes me wonder if CEO’s buy their own STOCKS???? 😆

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25 Responses

  1. Avinash says:

    Hahaha! That was a good one, Mr. Robin!

  2. Robin Bal says:

    Thanks for passing by mate, glad you liked it.

    Take care and cheers

  3. Zakman says:

    I almost fell off my chair laughing…!!! You should have put a statutory warning before the post, saying “Wear your seatbelts, please”…. lol

    Isn’t this like that cartoon where we see a restuarant doors locked, with a sign hanging on the door: “CLOSED. Chef gone out for lunch.”

    And that IS self-confidence, isn’t it?… lol

  4. Oh… that’s funny!

    Most of the CEOs, now a day, just want the cash option. No stuck option any more.

    I guess Bill Gates is using Apple PowerBook.


  5. Robin Bal says:

    Hey Zakman,

    Sorry for not putting that statutory warning mate, all the same glad you enjoyed the post.

    Take care and cheers

  6. Robin Bal says:

    Hey Terence,

    You are right mate, the cash option for a CEO is high, The yahoo CEO makes 135 million bucks a year, I want that job only for a week 😉

    Thanks for your comment, take care and cheers.

  7. Robin:

    That’s right. For a week. That will be nice!

  8. Jag says:

    Yo mate,

    Nice post!

    You know what? These buggers CEOs and Directors better be buying their own stock, if not I won’t be touching it with a ten foot pole!

    I always like to see that the management has majority share ownership. Especially the head.

    This shows that the company is doing good and well.

    I’ve seen some heads that hold only less than 1%! That is utterly pathetic! Lol…

    Cheers buddy!

    FW’s always a damn good blog..as ever…

  9. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Jag,

    Thanks mate

    Active management participation in their own stocks sure instills investor confidence.

    Take care and cheers.

  10. frieda says:

    Hi Robin,
    Nice One!
    I always enjoy reading your articles.
    I liked the picture, which says it all about confidence.

  11. Robin Bal says:

    Hey Frieda,

    Glad you like the stuff I write. Ah the picture, thats the reflection I get when I stand in front of the mirror 😆

    Take care and cheers

  12. hahahahaha, nice one Robin! lol
    So that CEO, what’s the name of his company? Just wanna make sure, for my next trip, ya know 🙂

  13. Robin Bal says:

    Hey Jon,

    Hey Jon, how you doing mate? Thats one CEO I will trust, at least he is confident the plane wont take off 🙂

    Take care and cheers.

  14. Anna says:

    LMAO, Robin.

    Reminds me of a quote: “Put your future in good hands – your own”. Still – I’m glad I’m not on THAT plane!

    How are you sweetie? Hope everything is going well!


  15. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Anna,

    Hows things with you? I am doing great.

    I liked that quote “Put your future in good hands – your own”. Good one.

    Take care and cheers.

  16. rob says:

    Good one Robin :mrgreen:

    Always good to keep one eye on what the CEO is doing 😉

  17. Robin Bal says:

    Hey Rob,

    Thanks for your visit and comment.

    You are right, gotta keep an eye on them. Why don’t you make a post “What make s a good CEO”. I could make one but I use too many 4 letter words….lol.

    Take care and cheers mate.

  18. Robin Bal says:

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  19. ivan says:

    This is too realistic. It’s not a joke. 😉

  20. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Ivan,

    You are right, not just a joke, just conveyed with a touch of humor 😉

    Take care and cheers

  21. Armand says:

    HA HA HA !! I almost spilled my coffee on the keyboard!

    Good one!

  22. Allen Roy says:

    Hi Robin,

    Its a good one…keep it up.


  23. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Allen,

    Thanks mate, glad you liked it.

    Take care and cheers

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