This is a story about four people who go by the names of “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 realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it.It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
This is a very common scene seen often in many establishments,be it in offices, schools, hospitals, news offices, ….wherever a group of more than two people work!!!
” Oh, you didn’t do it yet? I didn’t do it ’cause I thought that you would.”
” But boss, he had said that he would do it!!”
The ultimate effect is that the work doesn’t get done and we are caught up in the vicious cycle of blame. I mean who would like to admit that it’s their own fault. I for one wouldn’t. True, that we are all human, but responsibility is ours to take. Who pays the price for all this negligence. We pay for it, directly or indirectly.
The patient who gets caught between the various decisions. The bridge that falls apart because the construction was not done under supervision. The near collision of two flights, be it commercial or domestic, cause the break timings were not coordinated.Once, when this cycle of blame and laying out other’s faults in public stopped, work gets along smoothly and so does the outputs.
So next time you think someone else has done, stop!! Go back and counter-check it, and discuss it out; cause you never know but it could be you will have to pay for what, ‘everybody’ thought that ‘somebody’ had done what ‘anybody’ could have done, but ‘nobody’ did.