August 6, 2004

Excerpts: Who Are "They" Anyway - Part XXI

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I arrived at the building
all glass and chrome,
and pushed my way
through the revolving door
and followed the signs
to the Finance Department..
Excuse me, miss,
      I inquired at the information desk,
I was directed here
to meet with they --
can you let them know
Im here?
Oh . uh .
Im sorry,
youve been misdirected,
      she smiled sweetly.
Theyre not here --
we just crunch numbers,
thats all we do.
But isnt this
where the Controller works?
And isnt he or she in control?
      I asked.
Well, yes,
she answered,
This is where the Controller works
but she doesnt really control things.
They do!

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.