Sean University: The Trap-prentice

by Sean Adams


In business, not everything is as it seems. Someone who acts like your friend might be secretly gunning for your job. And what seems like a smart business move might bring your company to the brink of financial ruin. And what looks like a nice refreshing cocktail in a tall glass garnished with flowers might actually be a flower arrangement in a vase.

When you run your own business, you’re very rarely on stable ground. You need to be prepared for anything and everything to change drastically at any moment. And furthermore, you need to prepare your employees. How do you do that? It’s easy: by putting some trapdoors around the office. Not just anywhere, though. You want to put your trapdoors in strategic locations to best hammer home the core values of the business world.

This might sound complicated, but don’t worry, we here at the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership have you covered. Here’s a quick and easy guide to adding trapdoors to your office:

1. Make sure some your trapdoors are totally hidden, while others are in plain view. This teaches your employees that sometimes you can see issues coming, but not always!

2. Of the ones that are in plain view, make it so only about 60% of them are actually rigged to open when you step on them. This teaches your employees that not everything you perceive to be an issue turns out to be an issue at all!

3. Make it so a few of the trapdoors drop you into a very pleasant place. Like, maybe it opens and the employee falls into a nice smelling room with free soda. This teaches your employees that some issues turn out to be blessings in disguise!

4. The thing about trap doors is they’re unpredictable. Sometimes, there’ll be a bunch of people around when someone goes down; that means plenty of people to help him climb back out. Other times, it’ll be one person all by himself, and he might be stuck down there for a while. That’s why it’s important to tell your employees to carry their laptops around at all times, so if they fall in a trapdoor all alone, they can still get their work done!

That’s the advice we have for putting trap doors around your office. If you have any ideas about how to better use them, let us know in the comments.