Blaming as management style

Oct 18th, 2002 by Tony in QSM3

Like all incongruent coping, blaming arises from feelings of low self-esteem. When I blame, I attempt to build myself up by tearing down others because I don’t have the confidence that I can amount to much any other way. Blaming usually fools people who are unsophisticated, or whose own self-esteem is at a low ebb. The knowledgeable observer, however, sees the amount of blaming as a sure measure of how inadequate the blamer feels. Moreover, if blaming is the preferred management style, it becomes a measure of how far an organizational environment has degenerated.

— Jerry Weinberg, Quality Software Management Vol 3, Chapter 3

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