A big-name Executive Creative Director is brought into a large, network ad agency to shake up the creative department.
On his first day, he gathers the creative department together to give them a rousing speech, and a taste of his uncompromising new regime.
He stands in front of the group of slouching creatives and asks if anyone there is a has-been hack, and if they are, they should stand now.
After an interminable period of silence, a creative in his early thirties slowly gets to his feet.
The ECD asks the chap if he really feels that he is a has-been hack.
The creative replies,
"No, I just felt sorry for you standing there all by yourself".