Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody


Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

5 Keys for Getting the Job Done


Together everybody achieves more, or do they?  Read what can quite often happen.

The Team

“There are four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.”

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure 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 Everybody blamed Somebody and Nobody did what Anybody could have done.” – Author Unknown.

It’s Not My Job

It’s the old “it’s not by job syndrome”. This is a perfect example of no one stepping up and taking responsibility. It’s the manager’s responsibility to build a cohesive team. One where each team member knows their role, holds themselves accountable and can be self-directed. How can this be accomplished?

5 Keys

  1. Make sure you have the right players.
  • What does each team member bring to the table?
  • What are their blind spots?
  • What motivates each member?
  1. Ensure that everybody understands what needs to be done.
  • Everybody hears differently. Make sure they all heard the same message.
  • Don’t assume they all “got it”.
  • Clarify when necessary
  1. Be clear about your expectations and be reasonable.
  • Be aware that your expectations of others are often personality driven.
  1. Allow everybody to have a voice.
  2. Let them know you are ready to help if need be.

The Moral of the Story

Remember that important job? Done well Everybody will make sure Somebody did it and Nobody will blame Anybody for not doing it.

The key to effective teamwork is to create an environment where people do their best because they want to.

Dale Choquette
Dale Choquette, DTM writes, speaks and teaches personal leadership. Dale's own experience with personal leadership comes mainly from her marathon experiences. Her book, Excuse Me, I'm being Audacious shows you how to embrace personal leadership in both business and in life. She now uses those same principles in her training, coaching and workshops. You can find Dale at www.dalechoquette.com.
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