August 6, 2004

Excerpts: Who Are "They" Anyway - Part XIX

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:25 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Who the heck
told you that?
      he laughed,
            taking the cigar
                  out of his mouth.
Whoever it was --
fed you a bunch of bull!
He slapped me on the shoulder
as if we were sharing a joke.
Shaking his head
he continued,
Its those bean counters --
thats who you should be talking to.
Those finance guys --
theyre the ones who call the shots.
They run everything by the numbers.
Its the guys with the calculators
youre looking for.
Where will I find them?
      I asked
as he turned to walk away.
Just follow the money,
      came his reply
            before he disappeared
                  down the hall.

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.