Productivity Killers: The Victim Virus

by Fred Kofman

If you tune in to what your colleagues say when they arrive late to a meeting, you may be able to detect a grave "infection" that can manifest itself as passivity.

It’s not that your colleagues' reasons – heavy traffic or long meetings – aren't valid. Rather, it’s their storys' narrow scope that makes them ineffective, illustrating one of the most pernicious "productivity killers," the victim virus.

Beyond the excuses provided, your colleagues’ personal choices and actions may have helped cause their delay (i.e. they decided to stay late in a meeting.) But by focusing on the factors that are outside of their control, they shirk responsibility and adopt victimhood.

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