A No-Blame Society

Imagine there was no blame in the world.

…that we didn’t even know the concept of blaming another person for doing something wrong.

…that when someone did something wrong, we didn’t focus our inquiry on them, but on other things.

How would that change the way we work?

How would it change our leadership?

How would it change the way we understand safety, injuries, and incidents?

How would it change the way we see mistakes?

How would we go about creating psychological safety if there was no blame?

How would it change our society?

“Impossible”, you say? We could never live that way. What would we do instead?

I think the answer is that we would be forced to practice behavioral science.

We’d have to ask questions instead of reacting with a knee-jerk response.

We’d have to take responsibility for our part in the situation rather than firing someone for making a mistake.

We would surely get better at perspective-taking.

Imagine this was something you wanted to promote in your organization.

How would you start?

Maybe you already started.

…If so, write to me and tell me what you’ve tried and what you’ve learned. I’d love to hear from you.

…If you need more inspiration on this, watch my friend Dr. Pat Friman in his TED talk.

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