|Cover of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer|
"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you."
- Wayne Dyer
Often in the business world people look to others to place blame. It was the mailroom’s fault – you didn’t get the letter until a day later. It was transit’s fault – the buses were all late. It was your boss’ fault – he threw this extra project at you without any warning. There seems to be an endless supply of people to blame.
But realizing that you can not change yourself, your habits, or the results of your work by blaming others is a huge step towards self-accountability. In my opinion, being accountable is one of the most important qualities a person can have. It is the personal ethic by which I measure my work and my personal life. Being accountable means recognizing when you’ve done something wrong or when something you’ve done has affected someone else. Being accountable means taking steps to change your habits, your behavior, and the results of your work.
So, are you accountable for your work and your actions or are you looking for somewhere else to place the blame? Managers know that people who place blame will rarely improve their work habits and the results of them because they will always look to someone else rather than looking within themselves for the reason why something may have gone wrong.
If you want to improve at your job and move forward – be accountable; don’t place blame!