Ben Dattner: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Ben Dattner

Organizational Psychologist, Expert on Credit & Blame

Ben Dattner, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist, has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations become more successful by developing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on their performance. His consulting services enable organizations to make better hiring and staffing decisions, enhance the professional capabilities of managers and employees, configure teams more effectively, and reduce the amount of interpersonal and intergroup conflict.

Dattner’s first book is The Blame Game: How the Hidden Rules of Credit and Blame Determine Our Success, essential advice on escaping the dangers of rampant blaming and unfair credit-grabbing that turn so many offices toxic and sink so many careers. They are instinctive human foible —trying to avoid blame by pointing the finger at others and grabbing credit that one’s not really due. They can turn a workplace into a smoldering battlefield and derail your career, if you let them, either because you’ve become the victim of these practices or you’ve allowed yourself to fall into them. The fact is that many workplaces foster a “blame or be blamed” culture; maybe the problem is a constantly blaming boss, or an employee who is always stealing credit. Individuals are scapegoated, teams fall apart, projects get derailed, and employees become disengaged because fear and resentment have taken root.

From his years of experience consulting leading companies, Dattner has decoded the hidden rules of credit and blame that we all need to know in order to navigate our way around the pitfalls. Sharing a host of true stories from individuals and teams he has worked with, he illuminates the psychology behind this bad behavior—identifying the eleven personality types who are especially prone to credit and blame problems—and tells audiences how to master the vital skills of defusing the blame game that will boost their careers.

Dattner is an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches Organizational Development in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology MA Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and has taught Strategic Career Management in the Executive MBA Program at Stern Business School. Ben is also an Adjunct Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association.

Frequently quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Inc., Crain's New York Business, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, HR Magazine, and The Globe and Mail, Dattner has been interviewed on CNBC and CNN En Espanol and has served as the Workplace Consultant on Morning Edition on National Public Radio.

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  • The Blame Game: How the Hidden Rules of Credit and Blame Determine Our Success
  • How Great Leaders Use Credit and Blame to Build Learning Organizations
  • Organizational Cultures of Credit and Blame and How to Improve Them
  • High Performing Teams Avoid the Temptations and Pitfalls of Credit and Blame

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