The #HR Suppliers as Bacon Trees Problem

Two guys are stuck in the desert, wandering aimlessly and starving. They are about to just lie down and wait for death, when all of a sudden one says………

“Do you smell what I smell. I think it’s bacon.”

“It does smell like bacon… ”

With renewed hope they struggle up the next sand dune, & there, in the distance, is a tree loaded with bacon.

There’s raw bacon, there’s fried bacon, back bacon, double smoked bacon … Every imaginable kind of cured pork.

“We are saved! We won’t starve! It’s a bacon tree!”

“It’s too good to be true, be careful. Maybe it’s a mirage?”

“A mirage that smells like bacon? That’s ridiculous. It’s a bacon tree”

And with that, he staggers towards the tree. He gets to within 5 metres, his friend crawling close behind, when suddenly a machine gun opens up, and and he falls to the ground. Mortally wounded, he warns his friend with his dying breath,

“Go back man, you was right, it’s not a bacon tree!”

“What is it? What happened?”

“It’s not a bacon tree. It’s…



It’s a ham bush….”


The next time a supplier comes to you and claims to be able to solve all your problems. When they claim to be able to predict the future and make all your organisational problems go away. Or to have a coaching programme with 100000% ROI. Or to be able to guarantee a quality of candidate that nobody else can provide.

Remember, it could indeed be a bacon tree – but it could also be a hambush

Wishful thinking doesn’t go away just because you became an adult.

(Yes…Its a very old and bad joke) 

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