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    assessing blame = blaming?

    Hi,
    Does in the statement below, "assessing blame" convey the same meaning of "balming"?

    In problem resolution, the best policy is to clearly state the problem without assessing blame and to seek proposed solutions from all
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    Re: assessing blame = blaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    Hi,
    Does in the statement below, "assessing blame" convey the same meaning of "balming"?

    In problem resolution, the best policy is to clearly state the problem without assessing blame and to seek proposed solutions from all
    parties.


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    Yes. It means "without blaming any particular party".

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    Re: assessing blame = blaming?

    "Assessing blame" sounds like an objective activity. "Blaming" is more likely simply defensive.

    Sales is blaming engineering for the product failure, while engineering blames marketing for defining the market wrong.

    And objective review by upper management may assess blame in a more reasonable manner. Or it may simply be looking for a scapegoat.

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    Re: assessing blame = blaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Assessing blame" sounds like an objective activity.
    It does to me to- different degrees of responsibility could be assessed to different actors- if something goes wrong in, say, an operation, the hospital management, Ministry of Health, surgeon, etc, could all be in some way responsible. However, I wonder here whether the writer might mean apportioning.

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    Re: assessing blame = blaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It does to me to- different degrees of responsibility could be assessed to different actors- if something goes wrong in, say, an operation, the hospital management, Ministry of Health, surgeon, etc, could all be in some way responsible. However, I wonder here whether the writer might mean apportioning.
    This sounds like a meeting in which the focus is not on blame, but on how to move forward.

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    Re: assessing blame = blaming?

    Saying I take full responsibility for what happened is the current way of avoiding responsibility.

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