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Stop Playing the "Blame Game"
Finding Solutions, Not Fault
Imagine you're heading up an important project. The deadline is looming, but the work is going to be delayed and your boss wants to know why.
You and your team are asked to explain yourselves and, before you know it, the "blame game" begins. The discussion goes round in circles as you try to figure out who's at fault, and why.
Wasting time pointing fingers, rather than looking for solutions, is a common occurrence but it's far from constructive.
In this article, we explore what the blame game is, how to stop it once it's started, and how you can avoid it in the first place.
What Is the Blame Game?
When something goes wrong and we feel threatened, it's natural to want to defend ourselves against any repercussions. We might find ourselves scapegoating or trying to shift the blame elsewhere.
We may try to distance ourselves from a problem, fearing that taking responsibility for errors or mistakes could harm our careers or make us look bad.
But this approach doesn't solve anything. Shifting the blame won't help you to meet that deadline, and it doesn't fix the problem that caused the delay.
Sometimes it's all too obvious when a team is playing a blame game. But it can happen in more subtle ways, too.
Here are some warning signs to watch out for: ...