People need to move past the blame mentality. Blame is not a bad word. When I do something wrong and another person points it out, they are not blaming me, they are showing me an issue or mistake and helping me to correct it.
When my staff makes a mistake and I investigate and find the cause of the mistake I’m not blaming someone so they can get in trouble, or so I can fire them, I’m simply pointing out an error so it doesn’t happen again. This is the attitude I have when it’s determined that my action caused a problem. I’m not mad or scared, I’m glad, happy that an issue was discovered and that action can be taken to correct it. I’m also angry that I let it happen and that’s a good thing.
Everyone has two choices when someone “blames” them for something:
1. Get mad and upset which leads to a bad attitude
2. Be thankful someone caught the issue before it became a problem, fix it, and become better
Which will you choose?
If your choice is number 1 then you are doomed to a mentality of cover-up, fear, and passing the buck. All of that leads to a bad workplace, a bad marriage, and bad relationships.
The second choice gives you power; power to take control of the situation and to learn from mistakes which leads to open communication, the freedom to think differently, the comfort to speak up.
The bottom line is that we all have to re-think the word blame and recognize it for what it really is, help and a way to improve.
So I pledge that if I mess up and you blame me, I’ll thank you and we will all be better for it.
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