The #1 Killer of “One Team, One Goal!”

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 “I can sum up all our problems in a few words: ‘silos and butt-covering.’”

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question

A good author doesn’t date stories or quotes in his books because doing so gives the reader or audience member a built-in objection. They might think, Hmm, old. Must not be relevant anymore.

In this case, though, knowing that an executive made the statement above to me in the mid 1990’s might actually help. You might think, Huh, I see nothing has changed!

That is, you could think that if you work for an organization …

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The #1 Tactic for Less Stress, Greater Joy, and a Happier Life

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Having written several books and training guides, I am fascinated—sometimes frustrated—by typos.

I’ve wanted to scream, HOW DID I MISS THAT!?!? I even wrote a piece about one critical typo here.

So, in search of typo knowledge, I found a piece by Marianne Worley titled, The Truth About Typos and Why You Keep Missing Them.

When I read her insight below, I thought … well, I’ll tell you what I thought after you read her comment:

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5 Questions About Quitting

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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 with negativity?

Lazy! Unreliable! Untrustworthy! Bum! Sloth!

Are these people bums and sloths?

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Imagine a World Where Everyone …

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 1986.

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4 Words: Which One Best Describes … You?

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 expand, he offered this scenario:

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JUST199WORDS: Work Is Not a Party, But …

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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 …

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The Cafeteria COO: How to Lead

“Hello, how are ‘ya?”

“Good to see you!”

“Hey, it’s been a while.”

That’s how lunch went in the dining establishment that was so fancy, so ritzy, that even the napkins were flecked with gold.

As I dined with the top officer of a blue chip insurance firm you would surely know by name (um, if you’re curious, they’re “on your side”), it seemed everyone around us knew him.

We were chatting about the “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!” presentation I’d just completed, and where to take the message of the QBQ! book next inside the organization.

When it was time to leave, we stood, turned toward the front door, stepped slightly to the right, and ….

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The 13 Costs of Blame

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Organizations that don’t eliminate blame right now are burning money!

That’s my conclusion from working with a bunch of 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, and on-the-job ownership will the very real dragons of finger-pointing, culprit-seeking, and blame be slain.

This is when organizations become … outstanding.

But why bother? Does it really matter, this blame thing?

Well, you decide after exploring our itemized list titled …

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JUST199WORDS: Millennials Get the Job Done

Inspired by last week’s Ansel @ Alamo piece, Dan of Hubbard Family Swim shares this story about two Millennials, Erin and Erin: John, I witnessed a QBQ! moment at our swim school …  Our child check-in system—an important tool that enables us to deliver swim lessons in a safe, non-chaotic environment—sometimes fails due to internet or software…

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