“Oh, man, they did it again!” Ralph exclaimed, covering his face.
“And how did you help them screw up?” I asked.
Ralph peeked between his fingers. “What do you mean? I didn’t have any part in this.”
“I know, I know,” I agreed. “But if you did contribute to the problem, what was it?”
Ralph started to chuckle, hands now propped on his hips. “Well, if I did have a hand in this, it was picking this group of knuckleheads in the first place. And I probably didn’t explain what needed to happen very well.”
“Indeed. As a manager, before we jump to blame the team, it is always important to ask the question.
“How did I contribute to the problem?
“The Manager is usually at the center of what goes wrong.” -Tom