Who’s Job Is it Anyway?

finger pointingAnybody remember the story of  four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

The following is the Highlands Version:

There was an important job in Highlands to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody in Highlands did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody in Highlands could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

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

There are 3 main reasons why Highlands should move past blame and into effective action.

1) It is far more productive to focus on corrective action in the future.

2) It’s less expensive to get on to a solution instead of investing good money after bad simply to point the finger of blame.  i.e. like why we (Highlands) didn’t have flood insurance on our municipal buildings. The reality is we didn’t have it, we can’t change that, how do we put our town buildings back together without it and make sure we’re covered in the future.

3) Even if you can perfectly decide who was to blame, most likely those to blame will never ever admit to it and you still have to solve the problems at hand. Energy is better spent and figuring on how can we move on, get better, learn from this, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Leadership is very much needed in Highlands and we have to be able to get past simple blame games and exhibit  positive leadership if we want to move forward as a community.




  1. nice sentiment… but shouldn’t someone be held accountable? and to have goid leadership you have to know who F ed up so you can get rid of them and not make the same mistakes! or… should we just sit around the canpfire singing songs pretending everyone is just ducky??


    • I need to reiterate #3, even if you know exactly who is to blame, “they” won’t ever accept their responsibility, so you can expend time, energy and money trying to “force” them to admit a culpability that they won’t ever acknowledge or just move ahead and try to fix it. Some times it’s better to ‘know’ who is responsible than to get them admit they are responsible. You fix it by putting those responsible and won’t acknowledge their part in the fiasco out of their leadership roles. So for example, we can fight tooth and nail to get certain people to admit they screwed up by not having flood insurance or making no progress since Sandy, or we can fix the solution at hand.


  2. I walked around last week and thought how it seemed so easy for Mayor Nolan to fix OUR town. Would we be able to get a committee of responsible people to be in charge of helping families get their homes and properties looking decent. Would the committee get a budget to assist them in this job? So many closed places. How do we get people interested in buying a business in Highlands? I volunteer to be on this committee. I will not allow somebody to think for me while nobody is doing anything and everybody wants it all done. Anybody else want to join me on this committee?


  3. Judi – I’ll join in with you. A lot of residents in town have been trying to figure a way to get pride back in the town by helping to clean up properties. There were some issues about going on private property though and it kind of stopped there. At a recent Council meeting Carla (of HBP) mentioned something about forming a committee, but I can’t remember if it was for cleaning up properties or just for listing properties that had code violations?


  4. I am surrounded by condemned, half finished and non compliant houses so I am willing to help in any way possible. I ,too agree that we all know that very little has been done in the town and by the town powers since the storm, excluding the recent release of some REMM grant money allowing individual homeowners to move forward. We all know who hasn’t done , what and where the ball has been dropped, so to continue to point fingers and argue about whose fault it is winds up being a futile endeavor and solves nothing except get people in twitter and facebook verbal sparring matches. Many mistakes have been made all around both past and present. Week after week , I sit and take notes at borough council meetings and do not hear constructive ways to move forward. At this point it appears no one is going to do it for our little town so perhaps a committee of different individuals bringing a “new perspective” and working towards achieving set goals is now needed. I am willing to assist if you want and or need me.


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