The Shame of Blame in the Business Game


Have you ever wondered why some companies succeed while others fail?

How important is it to succeed anyway? Isn’t it easy enough to shift the blame, change the rules, redirect the focus of your critics, spin the media, and redefine success……..?
Didn’t we have enough recent examples in the corporate world?

At the moment I have the feeling that many organizations and their people are committed to the blaming game – organizations blame their own failure of leadership on the recession, managers blame low performance on their employees, and employees blame their job dissatisfaction on management.

“Love it, change it, or leave it………!”

When will people start to realize that it is time to take a criticial look at yourself first instead of pointing the finger at someone else? Don’t forget, whenever you point a finger at another person, three fingers point right back at you.

At the moment I see many blamestorming sessions going on….. You know these are these special meetings where people are gathered together to discuss why a project failed and why a deadline was missed, and whose fault it was.
This is certainly a very effective way to waste time and focus all the attention and energy on problems instead of solutions.

It is human nature to avoid admitting a mistake and that’s why I thought you may enjoy the following story:

Once upone a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Sombody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got really 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.

Can you see the truth in that?

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