Friday, January 25, 2008

The Financial Meltdown: From Blame Game to Collaborative Problem-Solving

The WSJ's Davos Blog has some interesting comments from Charles Dallara, managing director of the Institute of International Finance. Dallara argues that people around the world need to stop pointing fingers at the US for the current crisis, and instead, begin thinking about how central banks and governments can work collaboratively to improve economic conditions. He points out that the financial system is a global one, with many interconnections. All problems can't be solved at the national level.

I think Dallara makes a good point about the need to shift from the blame game to some collaborative problem-solving. Yes, the US regulatory system may need some fixing, but I'm sure that no nation has a perfect system. It's time to work together to iron out some of these issues that led to the current situation.

I find the finger-pointing so interesting because employees in companies do this all the time. Too often, managers spend far too much time assigning blame when a problem occurs, or trying to dodge blame, rather than confronting the issues openly and fixing them collaboratively.

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