The Whole World ISN'T Out to Get You!


Years ago I saw a brilliant cartoon - it said "The whole world isn't out to get you, several billion people couldn't give a damn!" Don't you just love that? I do.

I’ve just spent time with an employee who epitomised the quote. This person probably has the worst attitude I’ve come across in a long time.

She would arrive late for work most days. She was supposedly working in ‘customer service’ yet would let her phone ring and ring and ring, even though she wasn’t doing anything too strenuous or complex. She dressed like a bag lady took huge amounts of sick leave and then had the audacity to ask for a raise! Some people just don’t ever look in the mirror.

Know people like that? Sadly, we have whole rafts of society who THINK like that.

Me, me, me. Feed me, feed me, feed me. Ahhhhhh.

I work with teams and if I’m working with a particularly difficult team (and I often am), I take along books with outrageous titles that I scatter around the tables we work at. Titles like: 

  • Thinking for a change by Michael J. Gelb
  • Who moved my cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson
  • The enemy within – Richard Buchanan
  • One person CAN make a difference by Gerald Jampolsky
  • The habits of  annoying people by editors of Bad Dog Press
  • I’m OK you’re not so hot by Dolph Sharp

 And my absolute favourite:

  • How come every time I get stabbed in the back, my fingerprints are on the blade? Jerry B. Harvey

These titles have led to some amazing discussions, but better still, they’ve led to some amazing shifts in people’s thinking and annoying behaviours! We sometimes just have to have a mirror held up to our faces.


Ann Andrews CSP

MD The Corporate Toolbox


Ann Andrews CSP specialises in working with high performing teams and showing managers how to deal with poor performance.

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