13 Consequences of Blame

Only when individuals engage in accountability, responsibility, and on-the-job ownership, will the very real dragons of finger-pointing, culprit-seeking, and blame be slain.

This is when organizations become … outstanding.

Does it really matter, though, this blame thing?

Well, you decide after exploring our itemized list titled …

13 Consequences of Blame

1. Blame leaves problems unsolved. 

2. Blame creates fear, hurt, and anger. 

3. Blame destroys creativity, innovation, and risk-taking.

4. Blame obstructs teamwork.

5. Blame lowers productivity.

6. Blame kills trust.

7. Blame—internally—pushes external/paying customers away. 

8. Blame hardens positions, hindering conversation.

9. Blame limits listening and hearing.

10. Blame blocks learning.

11. Blame encourages good people to leave.

12. Blame increases resistance to change.

13. Blame causes staff dis-engagement.

Note: For all execs, HR, and training people working hard to survey “employee engagement” and raise your scores, please note #13.

Now, let’s add a bonus consequence. If you believe happiness, joy, and positive thinking are important on the job, just think what blame and finger-pointing do to those critical components of a workplace culture. It’s not a pretty picture.

A thought: There is no Consequence of Blame budget line item. So, the real cost of WHODUNNIT thinking and behaviors is that we don’t know the real cost financially.

What do you think our list of 13 costs an organization in dollars?

Just take it from the team at QBQ, Inc. who’s been providing Personal Accountability and the QBQ! training to organizations for a while: allowing blame to persist in an organization is like burning cash. And who wants to do that?!

The Fix

What’s the solution to this all-too-human thing? Well, I could say JUST STOP NOW! — but that doesn’t seem very nice. So how ’bout this: There is a way to end the Blame Game and it’s called QBQ! The day I start asking, “How can I contribute?” and “What can I do to help solve the problem?” is the day I am truly living the powerful principle of Personal Accountability.

And that’ll be an outstanding day. 👏🏻👍🏻👊🏻 


Can you add to our list of 13 consequences?

Which one(s) is your organization suffering from right now?

Want to explore bringing QBQ! training into your organization? Let us know here!




2 Responses

  1. I needed this today! Dealing with departure of an employee and asking why did they….? Now I am looking at how to be a part of the solution instead of asking why X happened! Thanks for sending these.

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