A Supermodel, or a Kicker?  That’s the question raised by Michael Lentz of Wagonheim Law.  He could have titled it “Casting Blame or Taking Responsibility?”  (I recognize that his title is way better, by the way.)

Here’s your choice: Gisele Bundschen blaming hubby Tom Brady’s receivers for New England’s Super Bowl loss, or Billy Cundiff of the Ravens taking personal responsibility for missing a short field goal that would have sent the AFC championship game into overtime.  It’s obviously no choice at all, yet how many of us react like the supermodel when something goes wrong at work? 

As Michael aptly notes, “the ‘blame-somebody-else’ culture is terribly destructive for a business” as well as a football team.  That’s an important lesson whether you run a business or work for one.