Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.

Who makes change happen?

This is a great little reminder about WHO makes change happen …

“Whose job is it?

This is a story about people named Everybody, 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 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.” 


Note: If anyone knows the original author, please advise so credit can go as due.

So, if it’s not  Everybody, Somebody, Anybody or Nobody – who is it in your project?  Is it the Sponsor, the Program Manager, the Workstream Lead, the Project Manager, the Business Analyst? 

I believe the message here – it is “me”.  Whatever role I am assigned I make change happen.

Only individuals can make change happen.  Generating organizational change means helping each individual change. 

For leaders (in whatever role you are assigned): begin with yourself and help others to adjust. A great resource for this is “It Starts with One”, J. Stewart Black and Hal Gregersen, Wharton School Publishing, New Jersey, 2008.

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[…] If the goal posts are moved from ‘implement this change’ to ‘develop an organizational capability to let go of the past, imagine and reach for the unknowns in the future, develop the fortitude to experiment ….’ What would we call this? It is more than ‘leadership’ and more than ‘management’ – it is culture + process change + + …. There is no single role in an organization today responsible for this – many roles have an important part to play, including every leader, but I am reminded of the story of “Whose job is it? (Everybody, Somebody, Nobody)” (available here […]

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