An email from a reader of our QBQ! QuickNote blogs … Hey, John! I just read your blog titled “Why I’ll Never Go Into the Woods Again!” You wrote, “Sometimes our fears hold us back from ‘climbing that mountain,’ ‘reaching the summit,’ and ‘being our best.’” Prior to getting into my “fear” story, I should tell…

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I just finished a novel where a rookie cop was the heroine. Throughout the book, as scary people tried to do her harm, she kept herself going by repeating a phrase she’d learned as a child: No medals for quitters! Quitter. Ouch. Who wants to be called one of … those!? Doesn’t “quitter” just drip…

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As lunch ended, the HR executive of a well-known, Denver-based “fast casual” restaurant chain looked me dead in the eye and said, “John, I promise to read QBQ! and call you in two weeks.” He didn’t. Didn’t read the book, or make the call. So I followed up. It’s what salespeople do—and I’ve done it since…

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During the process of hiring me to speak at his banking institution’s August event in Minneapolis, my client shared this:  “John, I know your QBQ! message of personal accountability is perfect for our organization because so much comes down to one’s personal brand.” When I asked Pat (an executive who saw me speak in 2012) to…

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I learned this in my Cornell psychology class: A child’s play is her work. So 11-month-old granddaughter, McKenna, is hard at work above. Curious, when you are at work, do you “play”? Outstanding people have careers not “jobs” because they find joy in work. They feel happiness as they toil. They don’t …

Don’t miss our give-away below of 3 autographed QBQ! books! Organizations that don’t eliminate blame are burning money. That’s my conclusion from working with more than 1,000 organizations since 1986. In fact, The Question Behind the Question (QBQ!)—a tool for practicing PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY—was born as an antidote to blame. Only when individuals engage in accountability, responsibility,…

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