Links for 21st November 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Shifting blame is socially contagious

    "Fast says that when public blaming becomes common practice — especially by leaders — its effects on an organization can be insidious and withering: Individuals who are fearful of being blamed for something become less willing to take risks, are less innovative or creative, and are less likely to learn from their mistakes.

    "Blame creates a culture of fear," Fast said, "and this leads to a host of negative consequences for individuals and for groups."

    A manager can keep a lid on the behavior by rewarding employees who learn from their mistakes and by making a point to acknowledge publicly his or her own mistakes, Fast says. Managers may also want to assign blame, when necessary, in private and offer praise in public to create a positive attitude in the workplace."

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