If someone says, “It’s my mistake.” People tend to move from assigning blame to solving the problem rather quickly. What else is there to say if someone admits fault? Unless the courts have to step in, then it’s the accuser’s fault for not moving on.
Finding fault doesn’t stop moving until someone admits they made a mistake. Unfortunately, our culture has been wired this way. Blame means you can be exposed. Exposure can diminish the appearance of competence and that can lead to getting fired.
There is another side to this.
The magic of accountability is when we are vulnerable enough to accept when we made a mistake, solutions become more fluid. When we trust that the people around us care enough and don’t want to see our demise, the culture works better.
Trust is the lubrication of the gears of capitalism.