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August 2, 2004

News & Opinion: Hi There!

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:55 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Hi there! My name is BJ Gallagher and I am the coauthor of a new book on personal accountability entitled Who Are "They" Anyway? When I told my son that I had just finished writing my new book, he wrinkled up his nose and exclaimed, "Personal accountability! Oh yuck! Who wants that?" Good question, I thought to myself. Who DOES want personal accountability ... and why? In the coming days I'll engage you in that very question, as you explore various answers for yourself.
Our story begins with an ordinary guy in an ordinary job in an ordinary organization. He keeps hearing people talk about "they" all the time, and he
wonders, "Just who are THEY anyway?" Finally one day, after one "they" too many -- he gets fed up with all the buck passing and goes in search of this ephemeral "they." After all, they've got a lot to account for!
I think you'll recognize many of the characters in the story ... and the typical responses our hero gets when he asks the question, "Who's responsible?" It would be even funnier, if it weren't so true.
Before we begin our story, we've got a simple ten-question quiz for you to take. Oh don't worry, it's not about YOU, it's about your organization. We're wondering, just how accountable are the people where you work? Does your company or organization have a healthy culture of accountability .... or is everyone busy playing the blame game? Once you've taken the quiz, you can read the story, which will be unfolding in the coming days ... and see where our hero's journey takes him. You, like he, might be in for a surprise or two.
At the end of the story, we've got some thought-provoking (and action-provoking too, we hope) ideas and suggestions for you to consider as you ask yourself the questions, "What do I have to gain by becoming more accountable at work? What's in it for me?" We think you'll find the answer is ... PLENTY! But we'll leave it up to you to judge for yourself.
In the meantime, start right in with the introductory quiz -- and then enjoy the story!

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.