Once you've accepted that you engage in blame avoidance, you can do two things to break the habit. First, you can recognize the impulse and choose a different response. Second, you can ask colleagues to privately point it out. Just telling them that you want to work on it goes a long way.
No amount of technical talent can overcome the career damage of blame avoidance. If it's infected your career, you owe it to yourself and your colleagues to address it right away.
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