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Lead without Blame


A detailed framework for leaders to move past outdated workplace blame and shame strategies to cultivate resilient teams capable of facing adversity and setbacks confidently.


contribution by Gilmara Vila Nova-Mitchell

What Others are Saying

Praise from Agilists, Business Leaders, and Professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

Diana Larsen and Tricia Broderick bring a wealth of experience, deep knowledge, and practical ideas to courageous leaders everywhere trying to break free of the baddest actors in the positive culture game: fear and blame.

Richard SheridanCEO and Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations, and author of Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer

The Leadership through Learning framework is simple and powerful. I will definitely be providing this book to my leadership teams.

Ted OhrDirector, Global Customer Success, Google Cloud

A practical guide to help build powerful autonomous teams while taking an insightful look at leadership fallacies that can cripple teams.

Tamani GeorgeVice President of Operations, Fit For Life

Larsen and Broderick provide thought-provoking, practical ideas that empower leaders to co-create resilient environments of learning.

Heidi HeflandVice President of Engineering, Kin Insurance, and author of Dynamic Reteaming

Lead without Blame provides insight for leaders who desire to shift from efficiency to effectiveness and from coercion to collaboration.

Leah BreenLeah Breen, Director, Office of Educator Excellence, Michigan Department of Education

In helping leaders move from shame and blame to learning and growing, Larsen and Broderick not only increase the impact and joyfulness in the leader’s work, they help the organization get more of what it wants to create.

Lyssa AdkinsAgile and leadership coach and author of Coaching Agile Teams

This is a book I’m excited about! As an instructor of graduate Agile management classes, I’ve now found an unexpected variety of learning approaches for leaders and appreciate the addition of ‘Reflections for Your Learnings’ and ‘But What Ifs’ in the book.

Ainsley NiesCo-author of Liftoff and former instructor at Golden Gate University

Lead without Blame is generous in offering prescribed leadership tools and insights and will remain open on my desk for ongoing reference.

Stephanie NortonNational Director of Sales, UKG, Inc.

This book is like having a coach on call. It will help all leaders who want to help their teams grow, and I’m looking forward to sharing it!

Nadya Duke BooneChief Product Officer, DAT Freight & Analytics

Full of insights and practical tools, this book is a mind opener for receptive leaders who are looking for a more impactful, lasting, inspirational, and humane leadership style that allows them to build resilient learning teams as the foundation of healthier organizations.

Juan BandaCommunity Developer, Latam

Developing a culture of learning that removes shame and invites curiosity unlocks the fullest potential of your teams.

Mark FranzDirector of Production, Vela Games

The authors understand that as leaders, it is always our priority to develop great people. They share a passion for healthy workplaces that support engaged, productive teams and value collaborative relationships.

Heidi J. MusserBoard member, board advisor, and former Vice President and CIO, USAA

Diana Larsen and Tricia Broderick have created a pathway to high performance that is non–command and control, is absent the pressures for leaders to blame, and results in resilient learning teams. In other words, it leads to team integration and collaboration that drives continuous performance.

Stu WinbyCEO, SPRING Network

Conflict (1:24)
Tricia Broderick featured session from Agile 22.

Workplace finger-pointing stifles creativity, reduces productivity, and limits psychological safety.

Although no one sets out to be judgmental, learning new habits is hard. In Lead without Blame, two experienced leaders, agilists and coaches share a road-tested leadership model that continuously embraces humility and failure as part of the growth process to deliver results.

By facilitating blame-free retrospective meetings, leaders chart a productive path forward. They amplify three essential motivators of purpose, autonomy, and co-intelligence within their team. Layered on with four resilience factors: inclusive collaboration, transparent power dynamics, collaborative learning, and embracing conflict.

After applying these strategies, learning leaders will help their teams and themselves become more resilient and better equipped to handle any unexpected and challenging tasks that comes their way.

Lead without Blame will show you how to move past outdated workplace blame and shame strategies to cultivate resilient teams capable of facing adversity and setbacks confidently.

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Diana on KOIN (4:07)
Diana Larsen featured on KOIN 6 News, Dec. 30, 2022.

Conflict (1:24)
Tricia Broderick featured session from Agile 22.

Power Dynamics (1:05)
Tricia Broderick featured session from Agile 22.

Diana Larsen

As a Leadership Agility Advisor, Diana Larsen wears many hats. To serve her professional communities, Diana delivers inspiring conference keynotes, talks, and workshops around the world. She shares the wisdom she’s gained in more than three decades of working with leaders, teams, and organizations. Her talks add value through her pragmatic, yet visionary, approach. She co-founded and led FutureWorks Consulting and Agile Fluency Project. She serves as an advisor to Retrium, Inc., and on the advisory board of the Organization Design Forum. Diana has co-authored numerous pivotal books. Find out more about Diana’s latest escapades at and

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor and co-author of Lead without Blame. With more than 25 years of experience, her transformational leadership ignites the growth of leaders and teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia boldly role models putting people first. Her aim is to create inclusive connections and collaborations that challenge and support people in an authentic, vulnerable, and engaging way. She is a highly rated trainer, coach, facilitator, and motivational keynote speaker. See what Tricia is up to at

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