What a world we live in! Not only does the vast majority of the population not want to accept the responsibility of their actions, they look for a scapegoat to blame their inadequacies on. That’s what makes the validity of this statement so devastating! You see, when Harry Truman put the now famous placard on his desk, “The buck stops here” it was understood that, when all is said and done, the one at the top is responsible for what happens due to what those under them do. Today, however, instead of flowing up, responsibility seems to flow down – – with the lowest person in the chain of command being stuck with the brunt of everyone’s actions/words.
What this does, of course, is create an extreme amount of paranoia and distrust among the ranks of the working populace. People are afraid to make an administrative decision for fear that they will be brought to task and punished if things don’t go as planned. Young, naïve underlings are sacrificed on the throne of corporate advancement while shrewd, manipulative over-lords spend as much time and energy covering their bases as they do furthering the firms they work for. “And,” as Sonny and Cher told us, “the beat goes on.”
If you want to be a successful, and beloved, manager, don’t look for people to blame should things go wrong, spend more time working with people on your staff/team to ensure that the things don’t go wrong! Nurture those naïve individuals who come under your tutelage, helping them to understand the process and showing them how they, too, can be successful. For as ridiculous as this may sound, the more you help others the more you help yourself. Maybe it has something to do with casting your bread upon the waters, or if you want to be great in heaven be a servant in this world, or maybe it just is the manifestation of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”