A Heartwarming Tale of Incompetence


Here’s a little story about four co-workers named Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No-one.

As it turns out, there was an important job to be done and Everyone was sure that Someone would do it.

Anyone could have done it, but instead, No-one did it.

Someone got angry about that because he thought that it was Everyone’s job.

Everyone thought that Anyone could do it, but No-one realized that Everyone wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everyone was angry with Someone because No-one did what Anyone could have done.

Moral of the story

There’s a funny stat I once heard. That when something bad happens, the more people who are around, the less likely it is that someone will step up and help. Why? Everyone thinks someone else is going to do it.

Given that’s not always the case; it seems apt when you’re talking about certain work environments. A place without strong teamwork, people who take responsibilities, and great leaders is bound to fail. The good news is that it’s really easy to avoid that. Just follow these easy tips we’ve learned from our tale:

  • These 4 are not people you want to be working with or for you. If they are, see if there is any way to help them stop being these people. A small change in attitude can make a world of difference.
  • These are 4 people you don’t want to be. If you recognize this, you’ve taken the first step to totally disavowing these personas forever. And trust me, these are skeletons better left in the closet.
  • Remember, an impressive title does not make one an impressive leader. Just follow the simple laws of physics to fix this. If you see a vacuum, fill it.

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