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March 5, 2009

News & Opinion: ChangeThis: The Economy Survey

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

55.07.GenderTrap_thumbIn November of last year, we sent out a survey to gauge the mood of ChangeThis readers and see if they could help provide some solutions and encouragement for ourselves and eachother. After many months of immense change, both in the country as a whole and within our small company, we have finally finished sifting through those responses.
We made the following three inquiries: "In one word, sum up how you feel right now;" "How is this affecting you?" and; "What are you choosing to do about it?" The 1400 replies we received to this survey are further proof, beyond the intuitive, that work is life and that the personal is the professional. Some people used creative metaphors to express their situations. Others used humor. Some enumerated their action plan. Some ranted. Some marveled. Some refused to accept a doom and gloom outlook and endeavored to see the possibilities that come with change. There are some trends, of course, and there were ample frustrations--with capitalism and ageism, with excess and politics.
The cover of the manifesto is a word cloud of the most common responses to that first inquiry, "How do you feel right now?" and each paragraph thereafter is a different individual's response to the third question, "What are you choosing to do about it?"
Click on the links below to commiserate, to raise your spirits, to hope, to cry, to worry some more and unburden yourself with other ChangeThis readers.
Click here to visit the site.
Click here to download the PDF.

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.