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The act of blame avoidance

6 February 2015

As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.

There is an increasing tendency that people like to share information – or issues – just to be sure that no one can say they did not know about it. I am sure you witness this at work or with friends. It is easy isn’t it? You just put all relevant people under cc in your email (or bcc, to make it even more effective). It ensures that your manager, colleague or potential stakeholder (related to the topic or not) cannot say “I did not know about it”. And you as a sender can always say “remember I informed you about these issues”.

I call this “The act of blame avoidance”. I believe it is time to remember that we judge good communicators not on the amount of information they share or wildly distribute. We rate them based on their talent, responsibility and capability to write and distribute well thought information effectively to the right person at the right time.

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