Find Solutions, Not Blame

Great teams find solutions without focusing on blame. Finding the source of the problem is important to start the path to a solution, but when identifying the source of a team problem results in a scapegoat situation, the team is forgetting that they are in fact a team. Football is a great example. When someone is penalized, the entire team moves backwards 5, 10, or 15 yards regardless of who violates the rules. Placing blame will actually limit the chances of finding the best solution. Blame brings shame and aversion to owning a mistake. Teammates may learn to pass the blame rather than find a solution because no one wants to be caught holding the bag. Be a team and find solutions and forget the blame.

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