Who to blame?

Dec 03 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

With the global economy heading downhill fast, should we look to leaders to be leaders and fall on their swords? Will there be any accountability whatsoever? Is anyone willing to step up and take ownership? Hello? Anyone? Are you there?

Well, if this article is anything to go by, I'm going to wait a long time for a response (or any integrity). After all, when the chips are down, it's hardly surprising to note that people like to bask in glory, yet duck and cover when it's time to admit defeat.

That's why, in these particularly trying times, the ever-popular habit of blaming someone else for our errors (or just errors in general) are a prevalent part of our workplace.

If I had to venture a guess, I would point fingers at the low-hanging fruit of the company – young, inexperienced, middle managers. Since they're the ones who get their hands dirty (more so than VPs), they also know that their asses are more likely to be on the line.

I'm sure there's some sort of psychological condition or pathology that makes weak-willed people feel validated by making others feel small. I'd just call it lame, though a psychologist probably would not. This habit of quickly pointing out the fault of others, or throwing colleagues under the proverbial bus, is a sad reflection on the state of our society as a whole.