EPISODE 236 We usually try to keep things light and share vital information but today we’re tackling a heavier topic. I have recently been overwhelmed with individuals sharing experiences where they have become the scapegoat at work when things go wrong.

 

STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

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Most people are kind, ethical, pursue excellence and want to treat others well. However, there exists a percentage of people who, when things go wrong, refuse to take responsibility and insist on blaming others.

Today I share some stories that I have encountered in the last year.

Example #1
An experienced contract facilitator had done over 100 successful workshops for the organization that hired her. The feedback was always phenomenal and her work was work was well received.  She is assigned a new workshop with a new company and there were some issues right from the start  The workshop doesn’t go well and the contracting company isn’t happy with the outcome or how things were handled and she gets a call from her organizations hysterical CEO. She was bullied, terrorized and humiliated. She wanted to defend herself, but decides to step back and take a breather for the weekend. Monday goes downhill fast as others within the organization blame her for everything that went wrong.

Example #2
Two leaders in a Fortune 500 company are assigned to have their teams work together on a project.. They get in an argument and aren’t on speaking terms. One of them starts to spread personal rumors about the other. It gets around and the unsuspecting gentleman starts getting confronted about the rumors. HR gets involved, he feels his livelihood is on the line based on gossip.

Example #3
A dedicated employee is diagnosed with cancer. The organization responds fantastically as she goes through treatment. She isn’t able to work full time and soon some of her projects begin to suffer.  Other individuals haven’t done their part of the work and everyone starts to blame the employee who is working wartime due to her illness.

Humanity is not always at it’s best. Here are some ways you can handle the situation when it’s going bad and you’ve become the scapegoat.

How do you retain your dignity, respect and professionalism?

  1. Own as much of the problem as you can. Only take responsibility for things you had control over.
  2. Fix as muc   h as you can. Offer solutions and seek to solve the problem.
  3. Step forward and Stand up for yourself.
  4. Hang low and hang tight. Pull yourself out of the fray.
  5. Make a decision. Leave the department or job if this continues over a month, you lose business, you are treated differently consistently for over a month.

 

QUOTES BY CHRIS

95% of the time it’s not one person’s fault.”

 

ACTION ASSIGNMENTS

Think about what you’ll do if you become the scapegoat.


 

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