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Who's to Blame?
Living Along Society's "Fault" Line
by Dan Linssen
About this Book
We've all played the blame game - (1) something goes wrong, (2) a scapegoat is found, (3) we raise the "mission accomplished" banner. But it's all a costly charade. Individuals, organizations, even entire societies are destroyed by blame, and the underlying problem is never solved. Why do we do this?
Who's to Blame is an intriguing journey to unmask and overcome our addiction to blame. Linssen takes us back into blame's origins, delves into its psychology, and highlights situational variables affecting our tendency to blame. He demonstrates how in a systemic world, blame makes no sense. Then, for those who want to reduce the catastrophic impact of blame, Linssen maps out a pathway to more effective methods for dealing with bad events. He even provides a rescue plan for you when you're the one caught in blame's crosshairs.
We all live along society's "fault line." So, if you want to survive the blame earthquake, you'd better read this book.
About the Author
After a 35-year career in senior management, business consulting, and college teaching, Dan Linssen now advocates for reducing blame through public speaking, writing, and advisory services.
He resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Who's to Blame? is must reading for anyone who's ever been caught up in the blame gameand who hasn't? An easy read, this book explains our addiction to blame, illustrates the consequences, and offers guidelines for rising out of the blame rut. Many great examples demonstrate the key points. While targeted at leaders, many of the points apply equally to family or interpersonal situations.
Throughout his career, author Dan Linssen has encountered blame and its impacts in diverse settings. His management experience ranges from Fortune 500 companies like P&G and Intel, to privately held businesses. Add nearly 10 years' public consulting, two years' full-time college teaching, and service on several boards, and Dan has examined blame from many viewpoints.
Who's to Blame? opens with an overview of society's addiction to blame and the corresponding costs. A special chapter addresses the impacts of blame in organizations. Next, an exploration of blame's cultural, psychological, and situational underpinnings reveals the drivers to our blaming behavior. Linssen then demonstrates the futility of blame, given the interconnected factors that shape any event. The irrationality of blame doesn't preclude holding people accountable for their actions, but a leader must understand the distinctions between blame and accountability. For those committed to changing to more constructive responses, Who's to Blame? provides a pathway to transformation. Finally, for the reader caught in the cross-hairs of blame, there is a chapter to help respond effectively and minimize damage.
The research on blame's underpinnings is eye-opening. Connections to ancient practices are particularly intriguing, but the psychological background might be deeper than most readers require. The exposition of blame's futility may be the nuclear core of this book, and is presented convincingly. However, covering the distinction between blame and accountability earlier would have been helpful. The recommendations on reducing blame are solid, and the chapter on responding to blame will prove invaluable to anyone on the hot seat.
This book could be a game changer for you personally; and, if you are in a key leadership role, for your organization as well. Who's to Blame? should be required reading in MBA programs.
Who's to Blame? Living Along Society's "Fault" Line was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
136 pp, $14.97