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A holiday Christmas story and adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Every Manufacturer Down in Manufacturingville liked innovation a lot…

Except for the Grinch, who worked north of Manufacturingville

The Grinch hated innovation! The whole innovation Season!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be that innovation was scary.

It could be, perhaps, that he was just wary.

But I think the most likely reason of all,

May have been that he was afraid of hitting a learning wall.

Whatever the reason, his fear, or his wall,

He stood there on Innovation Eve, hating the manufacturers call.

Then, he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,

“I MUST find a way to stop innovation from coming!”

For tomorrow, he knew all the manufacturing peeps,

Would wake bright and early. They’d rush in to see the innovation leaps.

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!

Noise! Noise! Noise!

That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE!


The manufacturers new and old would sit down to a feast.

And they’d feast! And they’d feast! And they’d FEAST!


They would feast on the automation features, and forecast errors ceased

Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!

And THEN They’d do something He liked least of all!

Every Manufacturer down in Manufacturingville; Paul and Haul,

Would together do something he found strange.

They’d together start making changes!

They’d change! And they’d change! And they’d change!


And the more the Grinch thought of this Manufacturingville Change,

The more he thought, “I must stop this whole thing!”

“Why, for years, I’ve put up with it now!

I MUST stop innovation from coming! But HOW?

Then, he got an idea! An awful idea!


“I know just what to do!” The Grinch laughed in his throat.

He quickly scheduled a meeting and took off with his hat and coat.

And he chuckled, and chuckled, “What a great Grinchy trick!”

With this meeting, I will change all everyone’s minds within a flick!

“All I need are powerful slides…” Then the Grinch looked around.

But, since the slides were different, there was none to be found.

Did that stop the Grinch? No! The Grinch simply said,

“If I can’t find slides, I’ll make my own instead!”

So, he called in some dinner, ready to have a long night before going to bed.

At the meeting, he presented his ideas.

He argued that change was bad.

And when he was done with nothing to add,

He sat down, thinking his presentation was quite convincing,

Even some manufacturers stopped wincing.

“Do we need this innovation?” they started thinking,

Before they could answer this question, they decided to try the new solution.

They put together a sample; a way just to see if it could help with execution.

The Grinch was put in charge of this project. He was delighted, this would be his token.

“By the end, everyone will know not to fix things that are not BROKEN.”

After he saw what innovation could do,

The Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe innovation,” he thought, “isn’t such a chore.”

Maybe innovation…. perhaps…. isn’t such a bore!

That day, he could finally see how the new solution would improve his life.

And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch was the first to train, and no longer had a strife.


We wish you a happy holiday season, and a prosperous new year.

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