Lead without Blame


A detailed framework for leaders to move past outdated workplace blame and shame strategies to cultivate resilient teams capable of facing adversity and setbacks confidently.


contribution by Gilmara Vila Nova-Mitchell

Workplace finger-pointing stifles creativity, reduces productivity, and limits psychological safety.

Although no one sets out to be judgmental, learning new habits is hard. In Lead without Blame, two experienced leaders, agilists and coaches share a road-tested leadership model that continuously embraces humility and failure as part of the growth process to deliver results.

By facilitating blame-free retrospective meetings, leaders chart a productive path forward. They amplify three essential motivators of purpose, autonomy, and co-intelligence within their team. Layered on with four resilience factors: inclusive collaboration, transparent power dynamics, collaborative learning, and embracing conflict.

After applying these strategies, learning leaders will help their teams and themselves become more resilient and better equipped to handle any unexpected and challenging tasks that comes their way.

Lead without Blame will show you how to move past outdated workplace blame and shame strategies to cultivate resilient teams capable of facing adversity and setbacks confidently.

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What Others are Saying

Diana Larsen and Tricia Broderick bring a wealth of experience, deep knowledge and practical ideas to courageous leaders everywhere trying to break free of the baddest actors in the positive culture game: fear and blame.

Richard SheridanCEO & Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations | Author of 'Joy, Inc.' & 'Chief Joy Officer'

The Leadership Through Learning framework is simple and powerful. I will definitely be providing this book to my leadership teams.

Ted OhrDirector, Global Customer Success, Google Cloud

A practical guide to help to build powerful autonomous teams while taking an insightful look at leadership fallacies that can cripple teams.

Tamani GeorgeVP of Operations, Fit For Life

Lead without Blame provides insight for leaders who desire to shift from efficiency to effectiveness, and from coercion to collaboration.

Leah BreenDirector of Office of Educator Excellence, Michigan Department of Education

Larsen & Broderick provide thought-provoking, practical ideas that empower leaders to co-create resilient environments of learning. Their Leadership Through Learning model, facilitation advice and practical storytelling serve as a toolkit to make learning organizations a tangible reality instead of an abstract concept.

Heidi HeflandVP of Engineering, Kin Insurance | Author of 'Dynamic Reteaming'

In this book, Diana and Tricia get right to the heart of the matter of so much inefficiency, confusion and holding back in organizations: the shame and blame that pervades and runs so much of our behavior, often unconsciously. In helping leaders move from shame and blame to learning and growing, they not only increase the impact and joyfulness in the leader’s work, they help the organization get more of what it wants to create. The real-life stories are sometimes painful because they hit home but that’s what makes them useful. The authors have laid a clear and compelling pathway in this book. Let them guide you through it and into the key skills and shifts that result in your ability to create resilient learning teams.

Lyssa AdkinsAgile & Leadership Coach | Author of 'Coaching Agile Teams'

About the Authors

Diana Larsen

As a Leadership Agility Advisor, Diana Larsen wears many hats. To serve her professional communities, Diana delivers inspiring conference keynotes, talks, and workshops around the world. She shares the wisdom she’s gained in more than three decades of working with leaders, teams, and organizations. Her talks add value through her pragmatic, yet visionary, approach. She co-founded and led FutureWorks Consulting and Agile Fluency Project. She serves as an advisor to Retrium, Inc., and on the advisory board of the Organization Design Forum. Diana has co-authored numerous pivotal books. Find out more about Diana’s latest escapades at dianalarsen.com and agilefluency.org.

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor and co-author of Lead without Blame. With more than 25 years of experience, her transformational leadership ignites the growth of leaders and teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia boldly role models putting people first. Her aim is to create inclusive connections and collaborations that challenge and support people in an authentic, vulnerable, and engaging way. She is a highly rated trainer, coach, facilitator, and motivational keynote speaker. See what Tricia is up to at igniteii.com.