Ever Heard Of The Four People That Said “That’s Not My Job”?
All Four Failed…
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The ‘everybody somebody…’ story (also sometimes referred to as a poem) appears in a wide variety of forms – often with the title – ‘That’s Not My Job’ or ‘Who’s To Blame?’
The sequence of the words (everybody, somebody, anybody, nobody) also varies in the headings of different versions, but the message(s) remains the same. Messages that are very pertinent to Specialist Contracting businesses, where lines of communication can easily be disrupted.
“That’s Not My Job” aka “Who’s To Blame?” – take your pick…
This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.
Somebody got angry (about that) because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody knew that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Somebody wouldn’t do it.
And because it didn’t get done, Everybody blamed Somebody because Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
or the alternative last line:
Everybody blamed Somebody because Nobody actually asked Anybody.
The last line of the first version is appropriate to demonstrate the principle of individuals taking personal responsibility, irrespective of delegation.
The alternative last line is more appropriate for illustrating principles of responsibility and delegation.
Whichever version is right for your situation don’t let Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody screw up your Specialist Contracting business.
Trust me, the consequences of leaving it to Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody can be catastrophic.
Take action, but take the right action, at the right time, and put the right systems in place to protect your business.
And if you want to hear some great advice from experts in your field, take a look at the link below. But, don’t take just Anybody’s word for it, watch what lots of other Specialist Contractors thought about it here;