ASSIGN A SOLUTION; NOT BLAME
September 15, 2014
These are recent headlines in the news:
"U.S. Military on 'High Terrorist Alert' "
"U.S. Families Feel Considerable Economic Stress"
"Benghazi Attack Under the Microscope...Shocking!"
These headlines are highly disturbing! And people are looking for reliable answers and honest solutions from our Leadership. A madasium of words with vacuous content will not do. If one cannot speak decisively, one won't act decisively. Weakness invites aggression. Americans want solutions based upon solid strategic plans. Fault Finding is just not an option.
Pointing a finger and assigning blame to a problem, accomplishes very little and may even hinder advancement. You know, a little common sense goes a long way. We can accomplish much more, when we focus on fixing the problems that we encounter, rather than spending time on fixing the blame.
It all began for "yours truly" at the time, when there was substantial financial stress felt by most in the 1930's. And, internationally, the Axis powers were readying for war. Thinking back, the norms were different at that time. Buffalo radio was just getting its early footing in our area. And, traveling on snow clogged rural roads was by horse and sled. One-room rural schools were most prominent in the country side, and "Mom and Pop" stores were common place. And, at that time, Nazism and fascism raised its ugly and immoral head. Times and events have changed all that. Radio's two networks... the red and the blue... have evolved into highly sophisticated multi communication networks heard instantaneously around the world. Traveling patterns of the Model T and/or the horse and sled/wagon area, have changed drastically, with travel at the speed of sound, connecting continents rather than just roadway corners. Virtually, the one-room schools are a thing of the past, and on-line teaching practices are in place, connecting virtual classrooms with highly interactive instruction is the new norm. And, large sprawling box stores are in vogue, incorporating the size of several hundred "Mom and Pop" stores under one large shopping roof. And the ravages of fascist Nazism of the 1930' and 40's was crushed. Ah yes, things changed. To be sure, with change, there were problems... many problems involving human dynamics. But also, at the same time, there were great problem solvers with down to earth solutions and work ethic values. The mental construct of that era, was to focus on problem-solving and positive results rather than assigning blame when things went wrong. And great advances took place.
Currently, we are faced with monumental financial issues and slow growth economic problems on the national, regional, and local scene. And the world is facing extremely dangerous international problems. These monumental challenges call for stalwart common scene problem solving and not over-blown problem blaming. Unfortunately, research shows that people tend to take credit when things go right and to blame others when things go wrong. These instincts are typically most intense when the stakes are high and times are tough, such as we are experiencing at this time. Research also shows that blame erodes morale, slows progress, and undermines working and social relationships with one another. Individuals and teams that blame one another when mistakes happen, get stuck at precisely the time when people most need to pull together to meet great challenges or fix monumental problem. That time is NOW.
In short, "fixing the problem, and not fixing the blame" is a powerful principle. There were earlier generations before us, who understood that principle. And thus, we are the beneficiaries today who say "they knew how to fix the problem and not assign blame." Hopefully, there will be future generations who will say the same of our times, our generation, and our leadership. And that is how I see it FROM MY PERSPECTIVE.