"It's Not About Blame" - Patrick Lencioni
I first heard "It's not about blame" more than two years ago from Patrick Lencioni at a conference. Now my friends often catch me repeating the phrase. When something goes wrong in our world many people respond by wasting precious time pinning blame on others. Placing blame does not fix anything and it only creates more hurt and dysfunction.
Instead of worrying ourselves with where to point fingers we are often better off asking "how can we prevent this from happening again". By focusing on preventing problems we emphasize productivity instead of sacrificing people.
Practicing this principle has changed many of my interactions. I have transformed angry and potentially destructive moments into productive ones. I hope more people discover the value of focusing on preventing future problems rather than merely blaming someone for a problem.