Blame Game: 25 Reasons We Do It

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Who ‘ya gonna call? Blame Busters!

We’ve been working to bust blame at QBQ, Inc. for a long time. Given the human propensity to point fingers and our mission of Making personal accountability a core value for people and organizations, I’m certain we’ll never run out of clients. 

‘Ya think? 😆

Of course, this whole blame-busting thing begins with me. If you’re a reader of the QBQ! book, then you understand.

Three key points:

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How QBQ, Inc. Can Be Of Service To You!

What We Do At QBQ, Inc.

We help your organization be outstanding by making Personal Accountability a core value. Here’s how:

  • Training designed for in-house implementation and facilitation. Learn More.
  • Dynamic speakers, interactive workshops for any size group. Learn More. 
  • Customizable virtual training options. Learn More.
  • Lots and lots of books.

“QBQ!” Defined

The Question Behind the Question — QBQ! — is a tool enabling people to practice Personal Accountability. The QBQ! provides the “How to” of Personal Accountability. People at every organizational level have found QBQ! life-changing! QBQ! is the result of many years of research by author, John G. Miller, in the organizational development field. Learn More.

Do We Need QBQ!?

Ever heard questions like these?

  • “Why do we have to go through all this change?”
  • “When is someone going to train me?”
  • “Why can’t we find good people?”
  • “When will that department do its job right?”
  • “Who dropped the ball?”
  • “Why don’t they communicate better?”
  • “Who’s going to solve the problem?”

If so, the message of “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!” is right for your organization.

The Value of QBQ!

When people practice QBQ! the all-too-human traps of complaining, victim-thinking, procrastination, excuse-making, and blame are eliminated. When this shift happens, productivity, teamwork, morale, creativity, safety, communication, engagement, and problem-solving are enhanced. People who use QBQ! also adapt to change faster, which is critical for competing in today’s global economy.

John G. Miller and Kristin Lindeen

John is the founder of QBQ, Inc., and author of these books. For John’s background and history, read here. To learn about Kristin, click here.

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Don’t ask, “Why do we have to go through all this change?”

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When in college and working at Wells Fargo, the oldest of seven Miller kids, Kristin, called me at lunchtime. My “How’s your day going?” question instigated this exchange:

Kristin: “What a drag, Dad, I’m dealing with change!”

Me: “Honey, we’re all dealing with change. It’s everywhere.”

Kristin: “No, Dad, a guy came in with $300 in change today and I got stuck rolling it. I am literally dealing with change!”

Me: “Oops. My bad.” ?

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Excuse-Making: Anyone Can Do It!

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Todd volunteers in an Alaskan prison. He believes in the QBQ! message of Personal Accountability so much he recently bought a slug of QBQ! books for the inmates he serves. Of course, I just had to ask what excuses he hears inside those imposing walls. His response? “I could write a book.” ?

Then, with no effort at all, he shared this list:

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Relationships: The Power of Neutral

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In 1969, I did my big 6th-grade project on Switzerland. Little did I know, more than 50 years later, I’d be saying this:

Sometimes, ‘ya just gotta be Switzerland, the country whose official position in wartime is … neutrality.

Do We Need Gun Control?

Do you carry a “Should Gun”? You know, that weapon we fire when telling people they should do this or that?

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3 Ways To Handle “Toxic” Colleagues

In our QBQ! Group on Facebook, (feel free to join us!) we posed this question: Should people expect to not experience stress at work?

This query was prompted by a survey showing 40% of people have quit jobs due to “stress.” I was pondering whether or not people would be justified in expecting to have a job with no stress.

As our members explored the question, it became clear there are two types of stress. You may be familiar with them:

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Ownership: The Essence of Personal Accountability

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This profound image above will be explained … promise!

What Ownership Can Do

I was speaking in Bismarck, North Dakota. On the van ride from the hotel back to the airport, one of the hotel’s owners was driving. I asked him, “How many owners are there?”

“Two,” he said.

“And how many people work for the organization in total?”

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