Accountable Living: Facts, Truth, and Mirrors

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Whether we call it “working backward” or just truth-based examination of facts, responsible people get to the root of problems. Forthrightly. Honestly. Dare I say, courageously. For them, there are no fingers pointed at anyone or anything — only a good, long look in the mirror.

Real-Life Example: Mirrors Hurt and Instruct

Todd works with prison inmates and told me this story:

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Am I a COVID-19 Grump or a Positive Leader?

Are you a pandemic grouch? Has anyone called you “Grumpy Pants”?

My wife, Karen — her name is Karen, but she’s not one of those Karens 🤪 — and I are convinced one of the least-talked-about effects of the Coronavirus is people are out of sorts. You know …

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“Why Me?” Is Always The Wrong Question

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Why me?” is the easiest question to ask — yet theres no value in it at all.

I grew up in a good family. My father was successful and popular, my mom loving and giving. My parents never divorced. We didnt ever go hungry. Hence, some people assume I’ve lived a “charmed life.”

Well, it’s not all been charming …

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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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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life!

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On Independence Day, in the Land Of The Free,” I woke up asking, “What could possibly keep me un-free?”

Don’t Let Thinking Hold You Back

I noticed our Shiba Inu, Mabel, standing in her kennel. She was waiting to be let out. I then saw the door was not latched — but she believed it was. That is, if pups possess beliefs. 😉

Her errant thinking prevented her from “being free.” It held her back.

What Bad Thinking Sounds Like

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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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10 Characteristics of Successful People

Succeeding is the simplest thing we can do. Unless we’ve made it complicated.

What does it take to be successful? Nothing new here — 

10 Characteristics of Successful People

  1. Accountable
  2. Committed
  3. Diligent
  4. Curious
  5. Tenacious
  6. Hard-working
  7. Humble
  8. Punctual (yes, this matters!)
  9. Skillful
  10. Service-minded

There you go, 10 traits of those who succeed.

Wait, here’s one more:

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Learners Don’t Ask This Question

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When I found this measuring tape from my early 1980s Montana assignment with Cargill that Karen and I experienced, I had two thoughts:

1. Wow, that is so old!

2. An inch is still an inch, and a foot is still 12 inches.

My four-decades-old measuring tool is as true now as a new one bought and used today. Some things never change with the passage of time. Which makes them …

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Leadership: 6 Reasons We Say Too Much

Early in the COVID-19 days, my wise wife, Karen, said this could really hurt our son’s business. Michael and his wife, Casey, perform wedding videography and photography.

Have you heard the trendy phrase “gig economy”? Well, Sun Prairie Films of Colorado couldn’t be more closely tied to the world of gigs. All revenue comes from events, group celebrations, and gatherings of lots of people.

I feared Karen was right, but I responded, “Probably, but let’s not say that to them now. It won’t help to predict doom and gloom when we don’t know.” Karen agreed.

Sadly, she was spot on—Sun Prairie Films revenue eventually shut off like a faucet.

Leadership Lesson Learned

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