I see this in people who want to to be leaders and/or leadership positions. They think an excuse gets them off the hook. Or good intentions count for good actions. They throw people under the bus. They think “rain in Seattle” is an unforeseen event. I don’t know whether to be angry at these people or truly feel sorry for them.
The sad/ironic part to these people is they can be intelligent yet stupid. They can analyze the problems in others and fail to see the obvious about themselves. They are like the stars where the field of gravity is too strong and light can’t get out but for them it seems light can’t get in.
I should/want to end this on a positive note. There are wonderful people who take responsibility and take a nanosecond to deal with problems. They stop and let people on their “buses”. They fix the problem not the blame.