Workplace Communication Tip — Week 8

“A person will react to me differently because of my body language, the words I use and how I use them.”- Ike Lasater, Words That Work In Business

The Blame Game

We’ve all played the blame game at work, that game of who is at fault – you or someone else – for what isn’t right about a situation. It’s easy to play the blame game because it is embedded in our language.

“He’s not at fault.” “She didn’t have any other choice.” “So what else could they have done?” “I had to do it.”

The feelings associated with blaming and punishing are anger, depression, shame, and guilt. Not surprisingly, it can be very difficult to meet your needs when you’re assessing blame, avoiding punishment, and alternately feeling angry, depressed, ashamed or guilty.

How often do you find yourself in this blame game cycle at work?

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Mindful Practice for the Week

This week, become more aware of those moments when you find yourself playing the blame game. Recognize in the moment how this cycle limits your choices, particularly choices that could result in much more positive outcomes for everyone.

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