Do You Blame Others? Blind Spot 5

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This is the fifth of 10 blind spots that can sabotage your effectiveness.

Blind Spot #5:  Blaming People or Circumstances. What it Means   

Pointing the finger at others or at a situation is the art of deflecting the blame from yourself to others.  After all, it’s much easier to blame and make excuses than it is to take accountability.

The Downside of The Blame Game 

Do you blame external factors instead of taking accountability?

If you do, others will perceive you as untrustworthy, a pot-stirrer, divisive, a silo builder, and a time-waster. They quickly learn that you generate blame far more often than you generate solutions.


Do YOU Blame People or Circumstances?   

Ask others to assess you using the scale of 1 (rarely) to 5 (frequently).

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How do you rate?

32 to 40:    You’re sabotaging yourself.  You view people as enemies or allies.  Making excuses is second-nature to you.

17 to 31:    Sometimes you take accountability and sometimes you don’t.  Others can’t count on you to be a stand-up person and own the problem all the time.

8 to 16:      Congratulations!  You are committed to taking accountability. You slide once in a while, but you quickly recover.

Want More?

Read the book Fearless Leadership and the anti-blogs on The 10 Blind Spots.

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Dr. Loretta Malandro is the CEO of the Malandro Consulting Group ( and the author of several landmark business communication books including: Fearless Leadership, Say It Right the First Time, and her new book, “Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out: The 9 Communication Rules You Need to Succeed”.

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When Change Isn’t Happening Fast Enough


Are you treating the symptoms and not the real problem?

You’re under pressure to grow the business and increase sales and revenues fast. You know exactly what needs to be done. You’ve assessed the problem, communicated clear expectations, made significant organizational changes, initiated efforts to address key process and system changes, brought in outside experts and yet the results have been disappointing. Your company and leaders are not performing to their capacity. There is resistance to change and nothing is happening fast enough. Dissatisfied customers, inconsistent execution, underperforming businesses, absence of innovation, unmet objectives, low flexibility and agility, and the inability to respond and adapt quickly, plague the organization. You’ve tried everything and it still hasn’t worked.


The Misdiagnosed Problem: Leadership Blind Spots

If you are experiencing painfully slow change, a lack of leadership alignment and people not working effectively together, it is likely that you have a behavioral problem, not an organizational issue.

Leadership dysfunction—good people behaving in unproductive, derailing or damaging ways—is the most frequently misdiagnosed problem in organizations today. This unproductive behavior undermines change, thwarts customer satisfaction and prevents companies from achieving their strategic objectives. Leadership dysfunction leads to a bigger problem: People dysfunction. People underperforming and engaging in dysfunctional behaviors due to the lack of aligned and cohesive leadership.

Common behavioral identifiers of people dysfunction include: Resistance to change, lack of leadership alignment, turf protection (silos), internal competition, victim and entitlement mentality, blame and finger-pointing, lack of collaboration and partnership, lack of a cohesive senior group, underground conspiracies, absence of trust, lack of personal accountability, low morale, no teamwork, excuses for poor performance, and low employee engagement.

Because the symptoms of people dysfunction manifest as workplace deficiencies and inefficiencies, it is easy to misdiagnose. Addressing behavioral issues with enterprise restructuring, process and system solutions treats the symptoms and not the problem.

People dysfunction may be pervasive or localized in one or two underperforming businesses. Unrecognized and unresolved it grows and contaminates the entire organization. Disengaged people conspire and enroll others in negative and destructive conversations that erode business results and bottom line dollars.