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Whose Job Is It? The Never-ending Small Business Workplace Challenge

A few months ago my wife and I gave my office a spring cleaning. It was overdue!
We found a linen wall hanging we bought 10 years ago when we were in Ireland.
I bought it because it was a perfect souvenir that explained many of my client’s work environments when we start working together.
This may resonate with you. This is what is on the linen wall hanging:
*****************WHOSE JOB?********************
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everbody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!
It’s cute and it’s funny, BUT, it has serious implications for a company.
Has something like this ever happened at your company?
Are things like this still happening at your company?
Just wondering? Hopefully, it gave you a chuckle and something to think about.
Hope you enjoyed the all too real poem of many client work environments.
Now, I think I’m going to have to replace one of my sports memorabilia wall hangings with this.
What do you think?

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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There are 4 comments. Add yours.

  1. This is great for committees, church or community groups. Maybe even political groups. God knows we need good leaders – and somebody should step up from the crowd and include everybody in the effort so nobody is left out of the good results.

  2. Oh yea, this is an all too often occurrence in business and personal lives. The CPR trainers emphasize stating a particular person’s name to assign tasks. An example: instead of shouting ‘call an ambulance, say “Joe call an ambulance.” If you don’t know anyone’s name say, “You in the black shirt call an ambulance.”

    When there is not an emergency take the time to get people to repeat a request. Even better have the say the date and time it needs to be done.

  3. lisavetfriend

    So nobody got no credit for getting the job done? While the others all wandered about making a lot of noise and being noticed by management/the embroiderer.
    Sounds about right.
    Moral: Don’t be a nobody

  4. Spencer M Richardson

    Skip, Very rarely does anyone ask what I think. Thanks for the opportunity. What I think is 1) be certain of one’s intent 2) have your words align with one’s intentions

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