Ben Dattner

Ben Dattner is the founder of Dattner Consulting, a workplace consulting firm that helps corporate and non-profit organizations sort through their credit and blame issues in order to enhance individual, team and organizational performance. His clients include companies ranging from small start ups to global corporations, non-profit and educational institutions, and government agencies. Dattner is also 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. He has also taught Strategic Career Management in the Executive MBA Program at NYU Stern Business School. Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and an MA and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University. He lives in New York City and his website is

Darren Dahl has worked as a collaborative writer and editor with several high-profile authors such as Keith McFarland on The Breakthrough Company (a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-seller), as well as intellectual property experts Mark Blaxill and Ralph Eckardt on their book, The Invisible Edge (Named best strategy book of the year in 2009 by Strategy+Business). Dahl is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, which he has written for since 2004. He has also written for The New York Times and AOL Small Business. He lives in Asheville, NC.

Books by this Author

The Blame Game


Does THE BLAME GAME help or hurt you?

Workplace consultant reveals how blaming and credit-claiming damages careers and business results and shows how to protect against such practices.

Author Voices

March 22, 2011

Chapter One: How individuals assign credit or blame to themselves, considering how we all tend to give ourselves undue credit when things go well and to shirk responsibility when things go badly, from individuals overestimating their contributions to group projects to CEO’s making rationalizations in annual reports. Includes research about attribution theory and self-serving biases.

Chapter Two: Insights about how our family experiences, gender and cultural influences shape our ways of thinking about, and behaving in regard, to credit and blame. Covers both social psychology and psychoanalytic perspectives.

Chapter Three: How... see more

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