Episode 12: Beating the Blame Game

In episode 12 of “Post-Modern Living with Chris The Brain,” Chris and Kait talk about blame and responsibility with guest host Jenn Lisak. They discuss knowing when stuff is your fault and when it’s not, how to avoid being unfairly blamed, and the factors that contribute to success. On a lighter note, they discuss their favorite productivity tools.

One of the biggest things that blindsides young professionals is that nothing ever seems to make sense, and when things go wrong they can’t help but feel like it’s all their fault. They often get things assigned to them in the form of tasks, but they’re expecting success to be completing the tasks, when it’s often really the assumed results of those tasks.

The success of anything you do basically comes down to whether or not it’s making money, but we as human beings are not necessarily motivated by money. We’re usually motivated by working for a purpose and having someone tell us we’re doing a good job. Unfortunately, “good job” may or may not correlate to money, and making the money machine work may cause people to hate you.

There are a lot of layers that have to happen for you to succeed at your job: a sound business model, leadership with a clear understanding of what needs to be done and the ability to effectively describe it to the rest of the team, and choosing the right people to do those things. Having all four of those things in place is impossible; a really good business is not one that has everything figured out, but one that has a culture that allows for things to get figured out effectively, and gives people at the bottom the ability to push insights up to leadership.

If you’re in a terrible company, you’re not going to be able to turn it into a good one, but if you’re in a mediocre company, you can start turning it into a better one by starting to push back, setting good expectations, and taking care of yourself. Learn to say no; just because someone gives you something to do doesn’t mean you have to do it. It all comes back to communication. It’s better to say you can’t get it done than to say you’ll try and then end up not doing it. Make sure you know (and get written acknowledgement) who has responsibility for a task...only one person has it at a time, and you have to pass it to someone who accepts it. Don’t just finish your part and leave it without knowing who needs to pick it up next.

On a lighter note, Chris and Jenn suggest their favorite productivity tools.

Chris's Productivity Stack:

Jenn's Productivity Stack:

Shout Outs To:

  • Apprenace, a company creating meaningful internship programs that help businesses and careers grow
  • DK New Media, the digital marketing company that lets us use their podcast studio
  • Sapphire Strategy, guest host Jenn’s company
  • Fail Fest, an event guest host Jenn spoke at