Passing The Buck

To continue with my comments on the book by Marshall
Goldsmith, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” this
week I will be discussing the habit of: Passing The Buck.

Goldsmith suggests that a manager who finds a scapegoat to
blame for a manager’s failure is committing an
“interpersonal crime” and I agree.  He states that passing
the buck is the dark flip side of taking credit for the
work of others.

HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: If you show other people that you
can “take the heat” when you are wrong by accepting
responsibility, they will be your loyal supporters through
good times and bad.

However, if you are intent on protecting your ego and an
aura of infallibility, you may find yourself in battle one
day without an army behind you.

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