The Blame-Free State Institute teaches individuals and organizations how to live fully-resourced, fulfilled lives by stepping out of the blame-game and into authenticity, power, understanding and possibility.
The data shows that blame is costly and creates fear and lack of trust. We offer a paradigm that transforms blame into a powerful, clear-eyed opportunity to move forward with energy and openness.
The Cost of Blame
We live in a blame culture, where fear and blame lead to finger-pointing and protecting our backs. This is a huge loss of resources. Blame damages relationships, wrecks collaboration, hurts performance and kills productivity. And, it is stressful and painful. Perhaps worst of all, blame clouds our judgment, distorts and exaggerates our view of reality and often creates obstacles to getting what we want. Blame is a major cause of conflict, misunderstanding, even violence.
Despite the intention of accountability, almost no positive benefit comes from blame. But there is another way: to step out of the cycle.
A New Paradigm: Less Blame, More Contribution
Imagine a choice between two bosses:
Boss A: “You made a bad decision. This is your fault, and I’m taking your project away.”
Boss B: “Ah, I understand why you made this choice. I may not agree, but I get it. Let’s see if we can work together to get this back on track.” Which boss would you choose?
This example demonstrates the shift at the heart of Blame-Free Living – moving from what’s wrong (blaming) – to what’s important (perspective).
One environment creates fear and stifles risk-taking, the other one encourages synergy and collaboration.
Transforming the Future
We offer innovative training that helps transform lives and organizations, and reclaim the resources that have been lost or diverted to blame.
Our combined years of experience as nonviolent communication trainers and firsthand knowledge of how teams work in corporate environments make us uniquely qualified to lead this movement.
François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout the world. He brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.
François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.
François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work. He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008.
In 2014, he wrote the book, “The Blame-Free State,” and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. He recently launched The Blame-Free State Institute.
Pablo Argon who holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Centrale Nantes (France) started his career in academia teaching while doing research. For the last 18 years he has been working in technology both in Europe and the USA at startups and large organizations both as an individual contributor and as a manager of international teams. Initiated to Nonviolent Communication in 2012 through workshops and trainings and seeing its benefits to all aspects of his life, he became passionate about learning and teaching NVC. Pablo is currently seeking to get his NVC Trainer Certification from the Center of Nonviolent Communication.
Irene’s background includes years of experience as writer, editor and communication consultant. With a Communication degree from Purdue University, Irene began her career writing and editing for consumer and trade publications, later working as a communication consultant in an international management consulting firm. In this role, she developed complex communication and training projects. In 2004, Irene discovered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and began integrating and sharing it, and is pursuing Trainer Certification through the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). Irene is a member of the Oberlin College Center for Dialogue which provides mediation and facilitation to the College and community. She taught a popular full-semester NVC class at Oberlin and continues to offer workshops by request for student groups and departments at the College.