When I worked in Human Resources, a significant portion of my time was spent coaching other managers.

I recall one incident in which a manager needed encouragement to complete a difficult task. He had the skills but simply lacked confidence.

During one of our pep talks I fractured a cliché. He smirked when I said it but didn’t say anything.

When he stood up to leave my office, he smiled and grabbed himself. That’s when I realized what I’d said.

I told him to grab the ball by the horns (Fractured Cliché). (Note –  I didn’t suggest he grab his own balls.)

Whether he grabbed the ball or the bull (Correct Cliché) it worked, because he succeeded.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


A Horned Ball

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