Overcoming the blame tendency is a defining issue in the corporate world. Ben Dattner, a psychologist and organisational consultant, tells of an experience when he was working at the Republic National Bank of New York. He noticed a piece of paper that a co-worker had stapled to his cubicle wall. It read:
‘The six phases of a project:
4. Search for the guilty
5. Punishment of the innocent
6. Rewards for the uninvolved’
Dattner writes: ‘I have yet to come across a more accurate description of how most dramas play out in our working lives.’
― Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes – But Some Do
The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become.
Culture evolves; it is the expression of our histories and the precursor to our futures – Anon
The collective strength of an organisation is determined by the diversity of its culture
Always recognise that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
– Immanuel Kant
I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.
– Rob Lowe
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
– Abraham Lincoln