Ben Dattner

Ben Datner is the founder of Dattner Consulting, a workplace consulting firm whose client list includes Pfizer, Novartis, MasterCard, and Goodyear. He is the workplace consultant for NPR’s Morning Edition, writes the Minds at Work blog for Psychology Today, and is an adjunct professor at New York University. He lives in New York City. 

Books by this Author

Previously published as The Blame Game, this acclaimed guide by a leading workplace expert offers essential advice about how to succeed at work by avoiding the pitfalls of pervasive credit-grabbing and finger-pointing.Credit and Blame at Work, praised by bestselling management expert Robert Sutton as “a modern management classic; one of the most well-crafted business books I have ever read,” psychologist and workplace consultant Ben Dattner reveals that at the root of the worst problems at work...


Does THE BLAME GAME help or hurt you?

Workplace consultant reveals how blaming and credit-claiming damages careers and business results and shows how to protect against such practices.

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March 22, 2011

Chapter One: How individuals assign credit or blame to themselves, considering how we all tend to give ourselves undue credit when things go well and to shirk responsibility when things go badly, from individuals overestimating their contributions to group projects to CEO’s making rationalizations in annual reports. Includes research about attribution theory and self-serving biases.

Chapter Two: Insights about how our family experiences, gender and cultural influences shape our ways of thinking about, and behaving in regard, to credit and blame. Covers both social psychology and psychoanalytic perspectives.

Chapter Three: How... see more

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