Separate blame from reparation

“It’s time to be a knight and do it right” – every episode of Mike the Knight

Today’s tip comes from children’s television. In the TV series Mike the Knight, in practically every episode, Mike will do something stupid, usually having been warned off his current course of action repeatedly by friends and family. Towards the end of the episode he’ll realise his mistake, utter the phrase above, and see about sorting out whatever mess he has caused.

Honestly, it’s a bit annoying but I guess I’m not target audience or something. There are a couple of lessons to be learned from it though. Firstly, Mike is never paralysed by self-blame or guilt; he just gets on with sorting out the situation. Secondly, his ‘colleagues’ always back him up, helping without blaming.

It’s a lot easier to get to the heart of a problem if you’re not looking to find someone to blame at the same time.