Singing the Blame Game Blues

Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians (1921), Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Change within any organization is really hard, so you’d think that it would be a no-brainer to avoid adding self-inflicted wounds to the process. Unfortunately, and too often, this is exactly what happens.  I’ve come across senior managers – and CEOs – who play the Blame Game, actually making change more difficult and even impossible.

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Change When You Want To…

Image thanks to David Levine

One of my favorite business quotes is from an old B-school professor of mine: “Strategy is the art of foreseeing the inevitable and hastening its occurrence.” It’s a paraphrase of a quote on the art of statesmanship by the legendary French diplomat Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand.

And he should know … de Tallyrand, who lived from 1754 to 1838, survived – in fact, prospered – as France went through a long period of cataclysmic change. He served in the regime of Louis XVI through the French Revolution, then on to become the Foreign Minister for Napoleon I. He continued to serve during the reigns of Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Phillippe.

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