NEW! Sign up here for FREE emails to become an outstanding people manager! Outstanding! 47 Ways To Make Your Organization Exceptional FREE SHIPPING! (U.S. destinations only) “Outstanding! hits the nail on the head in every way: Practical content, terrific stories, and an easy read. Miller has provided a road map for organizations to become exceptional—just…Continue Reading By John G. Miller
John, Karen, three active grandkids—and a 34 year, work-in-progress marriage. In 1991, eleven years married, Karen said, “John, I’m going to marriage counseling. You coming?!” I went because this relationship is my most important relationship. I also hoped counseling would … fix Karen. 🙂 Instead, I learned this truth—and have learned it again…2 CommentsBy John G. Miller
Like little boys everywhere, our 4-year-old grandson, Joshua, can be loud. When my wife, Karen—aka “Grandma Nonnie”—was driving our van recently with Josh and his toddler sister, “Becca Boo,” sitting behind her in their carseats, she asked Josh to lower his voice. Josh complied. But then he turned to his sister (co-conspirator?) and whispered …8 CommentsBy John G. Miller
I only have one famous friend—his name is Dave Ramsey—and I will forever be in his debt.
Which is a funny statement, actually, since Dave is all about … getting out of debt!
Truly, though, I’m thankful we found each other.
Dave tells the story of how he stumbled across us at QBQ, Inc. whenever I’m on his radio program (recent interview here). He was wandering an airport when he found QBQ! The Question Behind the Question. Like many do, he stood in the book store reading. After getting through most of QBQ!—a one hour read—he “felt so guilty” he decided to buy it.
That began our friendship.
But why did the QBQ! book intrigue him so much? Well, because Dave knows this:13 CommentsBy John G. Miller
“Organizations that put polices before people fail everyone.” Outstanding!
Have you taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? The Millers have, and doing so has enabled us to better understand and relate to each other. Kristin is even certified to teach MBTI because there’s nothing more powerful than our QBQ! content on personal accountability combined with MBTI material in the same workshop.
Anyway, if you do know Myers-Briggs, then you will know me without meeting me when I tell you my “type.” I’m an “ESTJ.” If you aren’t familiar with MBTI, stay with me here. You see ….28 CommentsBy John G. Miller
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Question: Does “free speech” exist in our organization?
Resting in a Colorado field, these bales of straw possess a beauty that stems from their “alikeness.”
The characteristic of “alikeness” can be of great value when the market wants and expects consistency. McDonalds comes to mind. Buy a Big Mac in Sochi, Russia at the Olympics and it tastes exactly like the one you consumed a few days earlier in Paterson, New Jersey.
But what can be positive about alikeness in straw bales or the food we purchase, can be very negative in our organizational cultures.
In Toronto to speak on “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!” I got out for a long walk and passed by this building with its profound proclamation:19 CommentsBy John G. Miller
While many talk about leaving a better world to our children, accountable parents work to leave better children to the world.
One thing I’ve learned writing a bunch of books is this: Every book has typos.
Some mistakes don’t matter much, as we can still understand the author’s meaning—even when there are two in one sentence! Example:26 CommentsBy John G. Miller
Knowing our point of view, Lois, a longtime believer in the QBQ! book, sent us this email:
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Do you listen to The Dave Ramsey show? Good stuff!
Well, Dave has been a fan of our QBQ! book a long time.
And we’re honored!
Enjoy a fast and fun 10 minute conversation between Dave and John G. Miller on “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!”:By John G. Miller
Photo taken by Rachel Greiman on a cold Denver, Colorado December day.
I have never been on a board, though I have surely been bored. In fact, I bore quite easily, so the thought of being bored on a board, well, that simply bores me. 🙂
But, I’ve been invited to join a board here in Denver, with my five-year term beginning in January 2014. And I don’t think it’ll be boring at all.
Do you know the Denver Rescue Mission? The Millers have been “friends of the Mission” since 1998. It’s a venerable (love that word!) organization founded in 1892, and it’s truly a mission on a mission with a mission. In fact, they have something every outstanding organization has:53 CommentsBy John G. Miller