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August 3, 2004

Excerpts: Who Are "They" Anyway - Part VIII

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

So I went to ask my boss.
Her door was open,
      so I walked right in.
She looked up from the paperwork
      on her desk.
Whats up?
      she asked,
as she motioned for me to sit.
Whats up is my frustration,
      I replied.
I try to do a good job,
but problems come up,
some of which
could have been prevented.
But when I talk to others
all I hear is:
      They dont want to hear about problems.
      They only want good news.
      They dont like people who rock the boat.
And me, Im trying to figure out
who this THEY is!
Youre my boss
Are you one of them?
Are you responsible?

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.