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Breakdowns without blame

A “breakdown” is any situation in which an expectation is unmet, a plan is thwarted, or a need goes unfulfilled.

When breakdowns occur, it’s exceptionally easy to look around in search of someone to blame.

To be clear, I distinguish analyzing from blaming.

Analyzing is when you seek to determine the cause of a problem with the intent of using that information to help create a solution.

Blaming is when you assign disapproval, scorn, or punishment to a person based on the conclusion that they are at fault for the problem.

In many cases, breakdowns can be analyzed and resolved without making blame a part of the process at all.

In just as many cases, when blaming IS a part of the process, solutions get more elusive and people become less cooperative.

Here’s today’s two cents:

There are many ways to solve a problem and most of them work more effectively when blame is left OUT of the equation.

At least that’s the way I see it.

What about you?

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  1. I agree with what you said TK but what happened today is unspeakable. There is so much to say and yet I have no words at the moment. It is hard to comprehend. We need to find a better way to help the mentally ill in a cost effective manner somehow someway. Nancy

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