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Four Employees: A Lesson in Ownership

This is a story that’s been floating around for years about four people named Everbody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

“There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.”

I’m not sure who wrote it, but it provides a great lesson on the value of assigning ownership to important tasks and projects.