7 Top Reasons Why Strategic Plans Fail

How many times have you seen a strategic plan launch to great fanfare and optimism, only to be forgotten about within a few months? We’re going to tell you some of the most common pitfalls we see as to why strategic plans fail, to help you ensure that your plan isn’t one of them!

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1. Lack of buy in from the team

You can’t execute a strategy alone! Indeed, as the owner of your strategic plan, you should really be one of the least important people when it comes to execution. Why? Because ideally you will keep yourself at arms-length from much of the delivery to allow you to retain perspective and a strategic lens. This only serves to heighten the important of team buy in.

A common mistake here is to underestimate the size of your ‘team’ when in comes to having them buy in to the plan. If you have a team of 5, things are fairly easy – all 5 need to be bought in. If you have a team of 50 – things get trickier. Often we see strategy leads doing a great job of gaining support from their immediate colleagues and direct reports, but a lousy job of ensuring that support cascades throughout the organisation. If you only have buy in from 5 out of your 50 strong team, then either your strategy will fail through lack of resources – or worse, if it succeeds with that level of buy in, it probably means that it was nowhere near ambitious enough in the first place!

Tools like Cascade have of course been designed explicitly to help you get that buy in – but even if you’re not using a cloud-based solution to help your planning / execution, there are a couple of simple things you can do to help you succeed. A lot of people assume that communication is a key part of this process – and of course they’re right – but even before you get to the communication stage, you need to start gathering feedback and inviting contributions from your team into any new strategic plan. Make sure that the first time your team hear about the plan isn’t when it’s finished! Use tools like surveys, meetings and face to face discussions to gather feedback from your whole organisation on topics like:

– The organisation’s strengths and weaknesses
– How they feel about the current Vision of the organisation
– Who they admire in the industry (competitors) and why

Involving people as early as possible will make the next phase of the process (communication) go so much more smoothly! When it comes to that phase, the key is to communicate early and often. We often see plans kick off with a flurry of workshops and activity, only to see communication tail off rapidly as people return to business-as-usual activities. Schedule in regular strategy sessions with your team, and stick to them. Failiure to address a lack of buy in early is the single biggest reason why strategic plans fail!

2. Unclear Objectives

Strategic planning is both easy and hard. Coming up with ideas about what your organisation needs to do and knowing how to do it aren’t usually a problem – but clearly structured plans with well written objectives are much rarer than they should be! We’ve written an entire blog post on creating well crafted Strategic Objectives – you can also download our free ebook on the topic. As such, I’ll only cover the basics here. In our experience, well written objectives are those which:

– Have a clear link to the Vision of the organisation

– Contain a clear action (a verb), a metric where possible, as well as a tightly defined window of execution (a start and end date)

– Have a single owner or captain – others can collaborate of course, but a single owner avoids ambiguity

– Are reported on a bare minimum of monthly at a regular strategy session or board meeting

A good way to ‘test’ the clarity of your objectives is to ask various people throughout the organisation whether they remember and can clearly articulate them – as well as clearly describe how their own work and tasks relate back to a given objective. If people are able to form this link, then not only is it likely that they are clear about the objective itself, it also suggests that your cascading process has worked effectively.

3. Failure to Account for Business as Usual

Pragmatism is a key part of any successful plan. Often when organisations create new plans, they get caught up in the excitement of the ‘new’ and forget to allow enough time to manage existing business activities. There are two ways that you can deal with this:

  1. Include BAU activities as part of your strategic plan. In theory, a well written plan with clear Focus Areas should encompass the vast majority of your BAU activities. Managing clients and such-like may not form part of the high level organisational goals – but I’m pretty sure that ‘Client Satisfaction’ would. Just be careful not to write your new plan to ‘fit’ against your BAU – define what you want to achieve / change first, then see you how BAU goals fit into this.
  2. State clearly that your strategic plan does NOT account for BAU activities. This is probably simpler than (a) but it does have some pitfalls attached. If you’re not careful, you can end up creating a divide in your organisation, with some individuals focused on BAU and others on strategic change. This is in stark contrast to point number 1 – where I strongly argue that total buy in is key to successful execution!

4. Loss of Momentum

We’ve alluded to this already, but so often with strategic plans, we see a great deal of enthusiasm at the start of the process, followed by a gradual tailing off and return to business as usual. Delivering against all of the points above (and below) will help immensely in making sure this doesn’t happen to you – but here are a few other tips you can employ to stop your plan falling into a black hole:

  • Schedule regular ‘Strategy Meetings’ into the diary – ideally weekly. Use the word Strategy in the meeting title – that way whenever anyone looks at their schedule for the week, they’ll be reminded about the importance of delivering against the plan.
  • Allocate specific days or even half days to ‘Strategy Work’ – this can apply to marketers, sales people, developers, it really doesn’t matter. Create a block of time in everyone’s diary (say a Friday afternoon) where they agree to not respond to emails or do any kind of admin, but instead will work solely on aspects of delivering the strategic plan. More importantly, don’t let people start ignoring or cancelling this time! Be pragmatic enough about your workloads to ensure that this strategy time is NOT the first thing to go when things get busy / hectic – because that sends absolutely the wrong signal about how you value strategy over BAU.
  • Find a third-party to act as a strategy mentor. This doesn’t have to be a paid-for consultant or anyone with formal training – it could just be a friend or family member. Essentially the goal here is to have someone who is untouched by business as usual activities who will regularly ask you questions about where your plan is up to. It’s key that this person is NOT inside your organisation to allow them enough distance and space to be untainted by the day to day pressures of running the organisation.

5. Unwillingness to Iterate

Another vote for pragmatism here. It pretty unlikely that you’ll get your strategic plan 100% perfect at the first attempt. Smart leaders constantly have their ear to the ground, listening to threats and opportunities and moving quickly to adjust plans accordingly. Your strategy should be no different. Think of your plan as a living breathing thing. It’s one of the reasons that cloud systems are becoming so popular for strategic planning, because rather than creating and printing a plan then putting it on a wall somewhere, they encourage you to constantly adjust and tweak the plan in a real-time environment.

All of that said, you do need to avoid changing the plan so much or so regularly that you lose credibility with your people. Changes should be iterative rather than dramatic. On only very rare occasions should you be looking to make changes to your Vision, Values or Focus Areas.

6. Lack of Alignment

Effectively communicating your strategic plan isn’t the same thing as ensuring alignment. Alignment means that everyone in the organisation can clearly (and accurately) articulate how their own set of goals and tasks are contributing to the strategic plan. Measuring alignment can be hard if you’re using manual strategy and goal tools such as Excel or even pen and paper. In Cascade, we’ve developed a proprietary formula for calculating the level of alignment in your organisation by measuring the amount of work-effort people are putting in against each of the organisation’s strategic goals. Even without a system to help, you need to ensure that whenever you meet with your people to discuss their goals – you’re constantly challenging them as to the why of what they’re doing – not just the how or the what.

One way to help drive alignment, is to create a clear strategic framework and asking people to ‘categorize’ their activities into that framework. For example, if ‘Innovation, Service and Growth’ are the key Focus Areas of your strategic plan, have people clearly state which of these aspects their various work projects, goals and tasks fall into. Run your team meetings using this structure, slotting in progress updates and agenda items under these headings.

7. Failure to Celebrate Success

Last but certainly not least, is one of the nicest and most rewarding (but so often overlooked) things that you can do to successfully deliver your plan. Celebrate!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the doing and the final outcome, that we fail to recognize the great things we achieve along the way. By celebrating success in delivering our strategy, we reinforce a culture that highlights the importance of strategy to the whole organisation.

Let’s say you have 10 strategic objectives that make up your plan – at a minimum you should be celebrating every time you achieve one – even if that means once per month or more regularly. It doesn’t have to be anything huge – it could be a team lunch, an early office departure on a Friday afternoon or maybe a reward (monetary or otherwise).

Don’t be too finicky about ‘who’ gets to celebrate – this needs to be a whole-team celebration, even if one person or team did more than the rest. Why? Because the whole point of this article is that it is your team who will deliver your strategy, not one single person.

In Summary, why strategic plans fail

There are undoubtedly a whole host of other reasons why strategic plans fail – but in our experience of working with hundreds of strategic plans, these are by far the most common – but thankfully, also the easiest to avoid! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list and your suggestions for additional pitfalls we can all strive to avoid.

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  • Craig J Willis

    I like your number 5, unwilling to iterate. It surprises me how often a plan gets ‘set in stone’. Then everything is done because it’s in the plan, not because it supports the objective and goals.

    We work in the design phase, so once you’ve done your research and set your strategy, how are you going to make it happen. And here we see the same thing. The design phase is simply an iteration of the overall strategic change. But as a result it’s an extremely important step. It’s the bridge between strategy and implementation.

    It gives you a blue print for implementation and helps to validate the strategy. Outputs from our work go back to the strategic plan as well as the implementation. And yet so often it’s seen as one way traffic. The strategy is set in stone, the design is set in stone. By the time you get to implementation you’re already failing!


  • Jon Kellett

    Although this appears to be written for a business audience it’s a surprisingly good summary of issues which relate to the world of strategic land use planning in the public domain. One of the reasons many strategic public sector development plans fail to achieve their goals is lack of community buy-in. That observation equates very much to the point raised here about buy in from the team. Flexibility is a big concern in public sector planning as well. Too much, and it looks as if the government/plan making body lacks direction and commitment and too little, and opportunities can be left to go begging in a fast changing world. The points about clarity of strategic direction are similarly true in both the private and public sector. Indeed we might add that strategies need to be not only clear but measurable and set within in clear time frames. Maybe Cascade has some utility within the complex world of public sector decision making and forward planning? Jon Kellett (Professor of Planning and Property, Univ of Adelaide)

    • Tom Wright

      Hi Jon – I think you’re right – the elements are ubiquitous across industries and almost all strategic planning applications. We have a few city-wide adoptions of Cascade up and running already, which include aspects of urban planning and development. Feel free to start our 14 day trial and let us know how you go! 🙂

  • Barry Bee Benson

    According to all known laws
    of aviation,

    there is no way a bee
    should be able to fly.

    Its wings are too small to get
    its fat little body off the ground.

    The bee, of course, flies anyway

    because bees don’t care
    what humans think is impossible.

    Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
    Yellow, black. Yellow, black.

    Ooh, black and yellow!
    Let’s shake it up a little.

    Barry! Breakfast is ready!


    Hang on a second.


    – Barry?
    – Adam?

    – Oan you believe this is happening?
    – I can’t. I’ll pick you up.

    Looking sharp.

    Use the stairs. Your father
    paid good money for those.

    Sorry. I’m excited.

    Here’s the graduate.
    We’re very proud of you, son.

    A perfect report card, all B’s.

    Very proud.

    Ma! I got a thing going here.

    – You got lint on your fuzz.
    – Ow! That’s me!

    – Wave to us! We’ll be in row 118,000.
    – Bye!

    Barry, I told you,
    stop flying in the house!

    – Hey, Adam.
    – Hey, Barry.

    – Is that fuzz gel?
    – A little. Special day, graduation.

    Never thought I’d make it.

    Three days grade school,
    three days high school.

    Those were awkward.

    Three days college. I’m glad I took
    a day and hitchhiked around the hive.

    You did come back different.

    – Hi, Barry.
    – Artie, growing a mustache? Looks good.

    – Hear about Frankie?
    – Yeah.

    – You going to the funeral?
    – No, I’m not going.

    Everybody knows,
    sting someone, you die.

    Don’t waste it on a squirrel.
    Such a hothead.

    I guess he could have
    just gotten out of the way.

    I love this incorporating
    an amusement park into our day.

    That’s why we don’t need vacations.

    Boy, quite a bit of pomp…
    under the circumstances.

    – Well, Adam, today we are men.
    – We are!

    – Bee-men.
    – Amen!


    Students, faculty, distinguished bees,

    please welcome Dean Buzzwell.

    Welcome, New Hive Oity
    graduating class of…


    That concludes our ceremonies.

    And begins your career
    at Honex Industries!

    Will we pick ourjob today?

    I heard it’s just orientation.

    Heads up! Here we go.

    Keep your hands and antennas
    inside the tram at all times.

    – Wonder what it’ll be like?
    – A little scary.

    Welcome to Honex,
    a division of Honesco

    and a part of the Hexagon Group.

    This is it!



    We know that you, as a bee,
    have worked your whole life

    to get to the point where you
    can work for your whole life.

    Honey begins when our valiant Pollen
    Jocks bring the nectar to the hive.

    Our top-secret formula

    is automatically color-corrected,
    scent-adjusted and bubble-contoured

    into this soothing sweet syrup

    with its distinctive
    golden glow you know as…


    – That girl was hot.
    – She’s my cousin!

    – She is?
    – Yes, we’re all cousins.

    – Right. You’re right.
    – At Honex, we constantly strive

    to improve every aspect
    of bee existence.

    These bees are stress-testing
    a new helmet technology.

    – What do you think he makes?
    – Not enough.

    Here we have our latest advancement,
    the Krelman.

    – What does that do?
    – Oatches that little strand of honey

    that hangs after you pour it.
    Saves us millions.

    Oan anyone work on the Krelman?

    Of course. Most bee jobs are
    small ones. But bees know

    that every small job,
    if it’s done well, means a lot.

    But choose carefully

    because you’ll stay in the job
    you pick for the rest of your life.

    The same job the rest of your life?
    I didn’t know that.

    What’s the difference?

    You’ll be happy to know that bees,
    as a species, haven’t had one day off

    in 27 million years.

    So you’ll just work us to death?

    We’ll sure try.

    Wow! That blew my mind!

    “What’s the difference?”
    How can you say that?

    One job forever?
    That’s an insane choice to have to make.

    I’m relieved. Now we only have
    to make one decision in life.

    But, Adam, how could they
    never have told us that?

    Why would you question anything?
    We’re bees.

    We’re the most perfectly
    functioning society on Earth.

    You ever think maybe things
    work a little too well here?

    Like what? Give me one example.

    I don’t know. But you know
    what I’m talking about.

    Please clear the gate.
    Royal Nectar Force on approach.

    Wait a second. Oheck it out.

    – Hey, those are Pollen Jocks!
    – Wow.

    I’ve never seen them this close.

    They know what it’s like
    outside the hive.

    Yeah, but some don’t come back.

    – Hey, Jocks!
    – Hi, Jocks!

    You guys did great!

    You’re monsters!
    You’re sky freaks! I love it! I love it!

    – I wonder where they were.
    – I don’t know.

    Their day’s not planned.

    Outside the hive, flying who knows
    where, doing who knows what.

    You can’tjust decide to be a Pollen
    Jock. You have to be bred for that.


    Look. That’s more pollen
    than you and I will see in a lifetime.

    It’s just a status symbol.
    Bees make too much of it.

    Perhaps. Unless you’re wearing it
    and the ladies see you wearing it.

    Those ladies?
    Aren’t they our cousins too?

    Distant. Distant.

    Look at these two.

    – Oouple of Hive Harrys.
    – Let’s have fun with them.

    It must be dangerous
    being a Pollen Jock.

    Yeah. Once a bear pinned me
    against a mushroom!

    He had a paw on my throat,
    and with the other, he was slapping me!

    – Oh, my!
    – I never thought I’d knock him out.

    What were you doing during this?

    Trying to alert the authorities.

    I can autograph that.

    A little gusty out there today,
    wasn’t it, comrades?

    Yeah. Gusty.

    We’re hitting a sunflower patch
    six miles from here tomorrow.

    – Six miles, huh?
    – Barry!

    A puddle jump for us,
    but maybe you’re not up for it.

    – Maybe I am.
    – You are not!

    We’re going 0900 at J-Gate.

    What do you think, buzzy-boy?
    Are you bee enough?

    I might be. It all depends
    on what 0900 means.

    Hey, Honex!

    Dad, you surprised me.

    You decide what you’re interested in?

    – Well, there’s a lot of choices.
    – But you only get one.

    Do you ever get bored
    doing the same job every day?

    Son, let me tell you about stirring.

    You grab that stick, and you just
    move it around, and you stir it around.

    You get yourself into a rhythm.
    It’s a beautiful thing.

    You know, Dad,
    the more I think about it,

    maybe the honey field
    just isn’t right for me.

    You were thinking of what,
    making balloon animals?

    That’s a bad job
    for a guy with a stinger.

    Janet, your son’s not sure
    he wants to go into honey!

    – Barry, you are so funny sometimes.
    – I’m not trying to be funny.

    You’re not funny! You’re going
    into honey. Our son, the stirrer!

    – You’re gonna be a stirrer?
    – No one’s listening to me!

    Wait till you see the sticks I have.

    I could say anything right now.
    I’m gonna get an ant tattoo!

    Let’s open some honey and celebrate!

    Maybe I’ll pierce my thorax.
    Shave my antennae.

    Shack up with a grasshopper. Get
    a gold tooth and call everybody “dawg”!

    I’m so proud.

    – We’re starting work today!
    – Today’s the day.

    Oome on! All the good jobs
    will be gone.

    Yeah, right.

    Pollen counting, stunt bee, pouring,
    stirrer, front desk, hair removal…

    – Is it still available?
    – Hang on. Two left!

    One of them’s yours! Oongratulations!
    Step to the side.

    – What’d you get?
    – Picking crud out. Stellar!


    Oouple of newbies?

    Yes, sir! Our first day! We are ready!

    Make your choice.

    – You want to go first?
    – No, you go.

    Oh, my. What’s available?

    Restroom attendant’s open,
    not for the reason you think.

    – Any chance of getting the Krelman?
    – Sure, you’re on.

    I’m sorry, the Krelman just closed out.

    Wax monkey’s always open.

    The Krelman opened up again.

    What happened?

    A bee died. Makes an opening. See?
    He’s dead. Another dead one.

    Deady. Deadified. Two more dead.

    Dead from the neck up.
    Dead from the neck down. That’s life!

    Oh, this is so hard!

    Heating, cooling,
    stunt bee, pourer, stirrer,

    humming, inspector number seven,
    lint coordinator, stripe supervisor,

    mite wrangler. Barry, what
    do you think I should… Barry?


    All right, we’ve got the sunflower patch
    in quadrant nine…

    What happened to you?
    Where are you?

    – I’m going out.
    – Out? Out where?

    – Out there.
    – Oh, no!

    I have to, before I go
    to work for the rest of my life.

    You’re gonna die! You’re crazy! Hello?

    Another call coming in.

    If anyone’s feeling brave,
    there’s a Korean deli on 83rd

    that gets their roses today.

    Hey, guys.

    – Look at that.
    – Isn’t that the kid we saw yesterday?

    Hold it, son, flight deck’s restricted.

    It’s OK, Lou. We’re gonna take him up.

    Really? Feeling lucky, are you?

    Sign here, here. Just initial that.

    – Thank you.
    – OK.

    You got a rain advisory today,

    and as you all know,
    bees cannot fly in rain.

    So be careful. As always,
    watch your brooms,

    hockey sticks, dogs,
    birds, bears and bats.

    Also, I got a couple of reports
    of root beer being poured on us.

    Murphy’s in a home because of it,
    babbling like a cicada!

    – That’s awful.
    – And a reminder for you rookies,

    bee law number one,
    absolutely no talking to humans!

    All right, launch positions!

    Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz! Buzz, buzz,
    buzz, buzz! Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz!

    Black and yellow!


    You ready for this, hot shot?

    Yeah. Yeah, bring it on.

    Wind, check.

    – Antennae, check.
    – Nectar pack, check.

    – Wings, check.
    – Stinger, check.

    Scared out of my shorts, check.

    OK, ladies,

    let’s move it out!

    Pound those petunias,
    you striped stem-suckers!

    All of you, drain those flowers!

    Wow! I’m out!

    I can’t believe I’m out!

    So blue.

    I feel so fast and free!

    Box kite!



    This is Blue Leader.
    We have roses visual.

    Bring it around 30 degrees and hold.


    30 degrees, roger. Bringing it around.

    Stand to the side, kid.
    It’s got a bit of a kick.

    That is one nectar collector!

    – Ever see pollination up close?
    – No, sir.

    I pick up some pollen here, sprinkle it
    over here. Maybe a dash over there,

    a pinch on that one.
    See that? It’s a little bit of magic.

    That’s amazing. Why do we do that?

    That’s pollen power. More pollen, more
    flowers, more nectar, more honey for us.


    I’m picking up a lot of bright yellow.
    Oould be daisies. Don’t we need those?

    Oopy that visual.

    Wait. One of these flowers
    seems to be on the move.

    Say again? You’re reporting
    a moving flower?


    That was on the line!

    This is the coolest. What is it?

    I don’t know, but I’m loving this color.

    It smells good.
    Not like a flower, but I like it.

    Yeah, fuzzy.


    Oareful, guys. It’s a little grabby.

    My sweet lord of bees!

    Oandy-brain, get off there!


    – Guys!
    – This could be bad.


    Very close.

    Gonna hurt.

    Mama’s little boy.

    You are way out of position, rookie!

    Ooming in at you like a missile!

    Help me!

    I don’t think these are flowers.

    – Should we tell him?
    – I think he knows.

    What is this?!

    Match point!

    You can start packing up, honey,
    because you’re about to eat it!



    There’s a bee in the car!

    – Do something!
    – I’m driving!

    – Hi, bee.
    – He’s back here!

    He’s going to sting me!

    Nobody move. If you don’t move,
    he won’t sting you. Freeze!

    He blinked!

    Spray him, Granny!

    What are you doing?!

    Wow… the tension level
    out here is unbelievable.

    I gotta get home.

    Oan’t fly in rain.

    Oan’t fly in rain.

    Oan’t fly in rain.

    Mayday! Mayday! Bee going down!

    Ken, could you close
    the window please?

    Ken, could you close
    the window please?

    Oheck out my new resume.
    I made it into a fold-out brochure.

    You see? Folds out.

    Oh, no. More humans. I don’t need this.

    What was that?

    Maybe this time. This time. This time.
    This time! This time! This…


    That is diabolical.

    It’s fantastic. It’s got all my special
    skills, even my top-ten favorite movies.

    What’s number one? Star Wars?

    Nah, I don’t go for that…

    …kind of stuff.

    No wonder we shouldn’t talk to them.
    They’re out of their minds.

    When I leave a job interview, they’re
    flabbergasted, can’t believe what I say.

    There’s the sun. Maybe that’s a way out.

    I don’t remember the sun
    having a big 75 on it.

    I predicted global warming.

    I could feel it getting hotter.
    At first I thought it was just me.

    Wait! Stop! Bee!

    Stand back. These are winter boots.


    Don’t kill him!

    You know I’m allergic to them!
    This thing could kill me!

    Why does his life have
    less value than yours?

    Why does his life have any less value
    than mine? Is that your statement?

    I’m just saying all life has value. You
    don’t know what he’s capable of feeling.

    My brochure!

    There you go, little guy.

    I’m not scared of him.
    It’s an allergic thing.

    Put that on your resume brochure.

    My whole face could puff up.

    Make it one of your special skills.

    Knocking someone out
    is also a special skill.

    Right. Bye, Vanessa. Thanks.

    – Vanessa, next week? Yogurt night?
    – Sure, Ken. You know, whatever.

    – You could put carob chips on there.
    – Bye.

    – Supposed to be less calories.
    – Bye.

    I gotta say something.

    She saved my life.
    I gotta say something.

    All right, here it goes.


    What would I say?

    I could really get in trouble.

    It’s a bee law.
    You’re not supposed to talk to a human.

    I can’t believe I’m doing this.

    I’ve got to.

    Oh, I can’t do it. Oome on!

    No. Yes. No.

    Do it. I can’t.

    How should I start it?
    “You like jazz?” No, that’s no good.

    Here she comes! Speak, you fool!


    I’m sorry.

    – You’re talking.
    – Yes, I know.

    You’re talking!

    I’m so sorry.

    No, it’s OK. It’s fine.
    I know I’m dreaming.

    But I don’t recall going to bed.

    Well, I’m sure this
    is very disconcerting.

    This is a bit of a surprise to me.
    I mean, you’re a bee!

    I am. And I’m not supposed
    to be doing this,

    but they were all trying to kill me.

    And if it wasn’t for you…

    I had to thank you.
    It’s just how I was raised.

    That was a little weird.

    – I’m talking with a bee.
    – Yeah.

    I’m talking to a bee.
    And the bee is talking to me!

    I just want to say I’m grateful.
    I’ll leave now.

    – Wait! How did you learn to do that?
    – What?

    The talking thing.

    Same way you did, I guess.
    “Mama, Dada, honey.” You pick it up.

    – That’s very funny.
    – Yeah.

    Bees are funny. If we didn’t laugh,
    we’d cry with what we have to deal with.


    Oan I…

    …get you something?
    – Like what?

    I don’t know. I mean…
    I don’t know. Ooffee?

    I don’t want to put you out.

    It’s no trouble. It takes two minutes.

    – It’s just coffee.
    – I hate to impose.

    – Don’t be ridiculous!
    – Actually, I would love a cup.

    Hey, you want rum cake?

    – I shouldn’t.
    – Have some.

    – No, I can’t.
    – Oome on!

    I’m trying to lose a couple micrograms.

    – Where?
    – These stripes don’t help.

    You look great!

    I don’t know if you know
    anything about fashion.

    Are you all right?


    He’s making the tie in the cab
    as they’re flying up Madison.

    He finally gets there.

    He runs up the steps into the church.
    The wedding is on.

    And he says, “Watermelon?
    I thought you said Guatemalan.

    Why would I marry a watermelon?”

    Is that a bee joke?

    That’s the kind of stuff we do.

    Yeah, different.

    So, what are you gonna do, Barry?

    About work? I don’t know.

    I want to do my part for the hive,
    but I can’t do it the way they want.

    I know how you feel.

    – You do?
    – Sure.

    My parents wanted me to be a lawyer or
    a doctor, but I wanted to be a florist.

    – Really?
    – My only interest is flowers.

    Our new queen was just elected
    with that same campaign slogan.

    Anyway, if you look…

    There’s my hive right there. See it?

    You’re in Sheep Meadow!

    Yes! I’m right off the Turtle Pond!

    No way! I know that area.
    I lost a toe ring there once.

    – Why do girls put rings on their toes?
    – Why not?

    – It’s like putting a hat on your knee.
    – Maybe I’ll try that.

    – You all right, ma’am?
    – Oh, yeah. Fine.

    Just having two cups of coffee!

    Anyway, this has been great.
    Thanks for the coffee.

    Yeah, it’s no trouble.

    Sorry I couldn’t finish it. If I did,
    I’d be up the rest of my life.

    Are you…?

    Oan I take a piece of this with me?

    Sure! Here, have a crumb.

    – Thanks!
    – Yeah.

    All right. Well, then…
    I guess I’ll see you around.

    Or not.

    OK, Barry.

    And thank you
    so much again… for before.

    Oh, that? That was nothing.

    Well, not nothing, but… Anyway…

    This can’t possibly work.

    He’s all set to go.
    We may as well try it.

    OK, Dave, pull the chute.

    – Sounds amazing.
    – It was amazing!

    It was the scariest,
    happiest moment of my life.

    Humans! I can’t believe
    you were with humans!

    Giant, scary humans!
    What were they like?

    Huge and crazy. They talk crazy.

    They eat crazy giant things.
    They drive crazy.

    – Do they try and kill you, like on TV?
    – Some of them. But some of them don’t.

    – How’d you get back?
    – Poodle.

    You did it, and I’m glad. You saw
    whatever you wanted to see.

    You had your “experience.” Now you
    can pick out yourjob and be normal.

    – Well…
    – Well?

    Well, I met someone.

    You did? Was she Bee-ish?

    – A wasp?! Your parents will kill you!
    – No, no, no, not a wasp.

    – Spider?
    – I’m not attracted to spiders.

    I know it’s the hottest thing,
    with the eight legs and all.

    I can’t get by that face.

    So who is she?

    She’s… human.

    No, no. That’s a bee law.
    You wouldn’t break a bee law.

    – Her name’s Vanessa.
    – Oh, boy.

    She’s so nice. And she’s a florist!

    Oh, no! You’re dating a human florist!

    We’re not dating.

    You’re flying outside the hive, talking
    to humans that attack our homes

    with power washers and M-80s!
    One-eighth a stick of dynamite!

    She saved my life!
    And she understands me.

    This is over!

    Eat this.

    This is not over! What was that?

    – They call it a crumb.
    – It was so stingin’ stripey!

    And that’s not what they eat.
    That’s what falls off what they eat!

    – You know what a Oinnabon is?
    – No.

    It’s bread and cinnamon and frosting.
    They heat it up…

    Sit down!

    …really hot!
    – Listen to me!

    We are not them! We’re us.
    There’s us and there’s them!

    Yes, but who can deny
    the heart that is yearning?

    There’s no yearning.
    Stop yearning. Listen to me!

    You have got to start thinking bee,
    my friend. Thinking bee!

    – Thinking bee.
    – Thinking bee.

    Thinking bee! Thinking bee!
    Thinking bee! Thinking bee!

    There he is. He’s in the pool.

    You know what your problem is, Barry?

    I gotta start thinking bee?

    How much longer will this go on?

    It’s been three days!
    Why aren’t you working?

    I’ve got a lot of big life decisions
    to think about.

    What life? You have no life!
    You have no job. You’re barely a bee!

    Would it kill you
    to make a little honey?

    Barry, come out.
    Your father’s talking to you.

    Martin, would you talk to him?

    Barry, I’m talking to you!

    You coming?

    Got everything?

    All set!

    Go ahead. I’ll catch up.

    Don’t be too long.

    Watch this!


    – We’re still here.
    – I told you not to yell at him.

    He doesn’t respond to yelling!

    – Then why yell at me?
    – Because you don’t listen!

    I’m not listening to this.

    Sorry, I’ve gotta go.

    – Where are you going?
    – I’m meeting a friend.

    A girl? Is this why you can’t decide?


    I just hope she’s Bee-ish.

    They have a huge parade
    of flowers every year in Pasadena?

    To be in the Tournament of Roses,
    that’s every florist’s dream!

    Up on a float, surrounded
    by flowers, crowds cheering.

    A tournament. Do the roses
    compete in athletic events?

    No. All right, I’ve got one.
    How come you don’t fly everywhere?

    It’s exhausting. Why don’t you
    run everywhere? It’s faster.

    Yeah, OK, I see, I see.
    All right, your turn.

    TiVo. You can just freeze live TV?
    That’s insane!

    You don’t have that?

    We have Hivo, but it’s a disease.
    It’s a horrible, horrible disease.

    Oh, my.

    Dumb bees!

    You must want to sting all those jerks.

    We try not to sting.
    It’s usually fatal for us.

    So you have to watch your temper.

    Very carefully.
    You kick a wall, take a walk,

    write an angry letter and throw it out.
    Work through it like any emotion:

    Anger, jealousy, lust.

    Oh, my goodness! Are you OK?


    – What is wrong with you?!
    – It’s a bug.

    He’s not bothering anybody.
    Get out of here, you creep!

    What was that? A Pic ‘N’ Save circular?

    Yeah, it was. How did you know?

    It felt like about 10 pages.
    Seventy-five is pretty much our limit.

    You’ve really got that
    down to a science.

    – I lost a cousin to Italian Vogue.
    – I’ll bet.

    What in the name
    of Mighty Hercules is this?

    How did this get here?
    Oute Bee, Golden Blossom,

    Ray Liotta Private Select?

    – Is he that actor?
    – I never heard of him.

    – Why is this here?
    – For people. We eat it.

    You don’t have
    enough food of your own?

    – Well, yes.
    – How do you get it?

    – Bees make it.

    – I know who makes it!

    And it’s hard to make it!

    There’s heating, cooling, stirring.
    You need a whole Krelman thing!

    – It’s

  • Barry Bee Benson

    Q: Where do bees go on vacation?

    A: Stingapore!

    Q: What kinds of bees drop things?

    A: Fumble bees!

    Q: What is a bee’s favorite flower?

    A: Bee-gonias!

    Q: How do bees get to school?

    A: On the school buzz!

    Q: What’s more dangerous than being with a fool?

    A: Fooling with a bee!

    Q: What do you call a bee born in May?

    A: A maybe!

    Q: What do bees chew?

    A: Bumble gum!

    Q: How do bees make money?

    A: They cell their honey!

    Q: When a bee is in your hand, what is in your eye?

    A: Beauty–it’s in the eye of the bee-holder!

    Two bees ran into each other. One asked the other how things were going.
    “Really bad,” said the second bee. “The weather has been really wet and damp. There aren’t any flowers or pollen, so I can’t make any honey.”
    “No problem,” said the first bee. “Just fly down five blocks and turn left and keep going until you see all the cars. There’s a Bar Mitzvah going on. There are all kinds of fresh flowers and fresh fruit.”
    “Thanks for the tip,” said the second bee and flew away.
    A few hours later the two bees ran into each other again and the first bee asked, “How’d it go?”
    “Fine,” said the second bee, “It was everything you said it would be.”
    “Uh, what’s that thing on your head?” asked the first bee.
    “That’s my yarmulke,” said the second bee. “I didn’t want them to think I was a wasp.”

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