Punishing the Messenger – the misguided need to attack the innocent who are usually trying to help us.
In his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith states that punishing the messenger “is like taking the worst elements of not giving recognition and hogging the credit and passing the buck and making destructive comments and not thanking or listening – and then adding anger to the mix.” And as we talked about last week, the next time someone brings something to you, make sure you stop and listen, and just say “thank you”
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