Since the road to innovation is paved with mistakes, it’s sometimes tempting to place the blame on others. Don’t do it. Avoid pointing the finger, even when the problem is clearly not your fault. Take as much responsibility as you can.

By the same token, when you’re working in a group, don’t offload responsibility to others by “leaving the ball in their court.” Try to keep the ball in your own court where you have control over it. And when you do send it over the net, follow it up to make sure it comes back.

There’s something empowering about taking responsibility. You can make sure things are done right while averting ...

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