Not every day goes to plan. When things go wrong, often the first thing we do is look for someone to blame. It happens in our teams and among colleagues; staff blame management, management blame the councillors, the community blame the shire, everyone blames particular segments of the community. Yet blaming someone else is often a fruitless exercise, and worse, it lets us ignore our own accountability and the systemic issues that may be causing or exacerbating the situation.
Watch this insightful and funny short take on blame and accountability by American researcher, Brene Brown. She has given has multiple TEDtalks that have gone viral.
So next time you want to blame someone, analyse what happened. Are you blaming someone for spilling your coffee when you know you should have put it somewhere safe?