Credit and Blame

By Dirk Dieters, Executive Director of The Fremont Group

Ronald Regan once said, “you can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.” An important technique in management is to “give blame your successes and take credit for your failures.” Almost regardless of the truth, when something good has happened be quick to give the credit to a subordinate and when something has gone bad take the blame yourself. Never criticize an employee in front of another employee. Take the blame yourself and then in private address the matter with the employee.