How to Stop Playing the "Blame Game"

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Pointing the finger of blame doesn't solve anything. Work together to find a solution instead.

When something goes wrong, it's easy to point the finger of blame.

But, if there is a problem, blame won't fix it. Instead, it could have a detrimental effect on team morale and performance.

To prevent blame culture, set clear expectations and encourage accountability and honesty.

However, if a blame game has already started, here are four ways to stop it in its tracks:

1. Depersonalize the Situation

Ask "where do we go from here?" instead of "who's responsible?" Looking at potential solutions will help to reframe the situation.

2. Talk to the Team

Explain to the team members why blaming others is damaging to team cohesion. And help them to refocus on solving the issue.

3. Apologize

If an innocent party has been made a scapegoat, ask those responsible to apologize. If you are responsible, then make sure that you recognize your mistake and make amends.

​4. Learn From Mistakes

Ask the team, "What can we learn from this?" Mistakes are a good opportunity to review your processes and make important improvements.

With openness, communication and a neutral perspective, you can put a stop to damaging blame games and solve issues together as a strong team.

To learn more about how to Stop Playing the "Blame Game", read the article that accompanies this video.

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