Just as criticism must be bridled by adhering to certain guidelines, so should blame, another form of destructive comments.
Wars often exist within companies between divisions and departments; manufacturing blames engineering for designing a product that cannot be built, sales blames marketing for not doing a good job at getting the word out, and every department blames human resources for one thing or another. More
The tendency to blame others is an unfortunate reality of human nature, and organizations sometimes promote this culture through their policies and management styles. For example, a company that rewards performance without also recognizing ethical business practices may develop a “ succeed at all cost” culture, leading to fierce competition and “blamestorming.” A culture of blame is also a large part of America’s litigious society; we sue McDonald’s for our obesity and their hot coffee and
Somehow, blaming something or someone for what is ultimately our own responsibility makes us feel better. It is usually the easier route, and when everything is someone else’s fault, we do not have to face reality. Some people live their whole lives operating like this, never understanding that by not being accountable for their own actions, they are only cheating
Realize that people who make a habit of “blamestorming” can appear uncooperative, lacking in accountability, selfindulgent, deceitful—and
To get control of “blamestorming,” follow these guidelines:
Know when to blame and when not to. Was the situation really out of your control? Is there value in your placing blame elsewhere?
Blame in private and praise in public.
Manage misplaced blame.
Do not let others get away with incorrectly placing blame. You do not have to be on a crusade, but make it known when you might
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