August 6, 2004

Excerpts: Who Are "They" Anyway - Part XXIV

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As I sat there
      cooling my heels,
I noticed a copy of our organizations
annual report
      on the table
            next to my chair.
I picked it up
      and started
            thumbing through it.
Our workplace looked so rosy
      depicted on
            the slick pages
smiling employees
      of all
            colors and hues,
dignified executives
      exuding power and confidence
            from their pinstripes.
And teamwork --
      above all, teamwork --
            emphasized on
                  page after page.
One big
happy family
      I muttered to myself,
yeah, right.
      and cynicism
            welled up
                  in my throat.

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.