Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road.
Suddenly a brand new Porschescreeches to a halt. The driver, a man dressed in an Armani suit,Cerutti shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, TAG-Heuer wrist-watch, and a Pierre Cardin tie gets out and asks the shepherd,
'If I can tell you how manysheep you have, will you give me one of them?'
The shepherd looks atthe young man, then looks at the large flock of grazing sheep and replies, 'Okay.'
The young man parks the car, connects his laptop tothe mobile-fax, enters a NASA Website, scans the ground using his GPS,opens a database and 60 Excel tables filled with algorithms and pivottables. He then prints out a 150-page report on his high-techmini-printer, turns to the shepherd and says, 'You have exactly 1,586sheep.'
The shepherd cheers, 'That's correct, you can have yoursheep.'
The young man takes one of the animals from the flock and putsit in the back of his Porsche.
The shepherd looks at him and asks, 'IfI guess your profession, will you return my animal to me?'
The youngman answers, 'Yes, why not?' The shepherd says, 'You are an auditor.' 'How did you know?' asks the young man.
'Very simple,' answers theshepherd.
'Firstly, you came here without being wanted. Secondly, youcharged me a fee to tell me something I already knew. Thirdly, youdon't understand anything about my business.....Now can I have my sheep back?'