Ownership Beats Blame – Every Time!

This story came to us at QBQ, Inc. by way of a QBQ! reader/reviewer who found it posted on his blog: Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting frustrated with my dad who hasn’t been calling me. Several times he’s accidentally dialed me and when I answered he’d say, “Oops, I’m actually in a…

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Blame: The Spreadable Sin

Don’t miss the poll below! So often people say, “There’s plenty of blame to go around!” (It’s a favorite phrase of the media). It seems to be our human nature to immediately ask Whodunnit?! when something happens that was unplanned, painful, disappointing—or embarrassing. When it all goes wrong—even if we know in our heart that…

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Accountable Parenting

Little did we know on that first date as teens in November 1976 in Ithaca, N.Y. that we’d someday parent seven children and put together a book on just that subject. Thanks to all of you who humbled us through the years by asking for a product that connects the QBQ! message of personal accountabiity…

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Managers: Get Some Training!

Grab past QBQ QuickNotes here.   Note: This QuickNote is longer than most, but covers a critical subject matter. So grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke and enjoy—and then forward to every manager you know! I sometimes coach a pastor whose church is thriving. This man has many skills and gifts. He…

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Be an Owner, Not an Occupier

Enjoy two new “fast and fun” QBQ! interviews and a 12 minute podcast with Dave Ramsey: http://outstandingorganization.com/podcasts/ One definition of the trendy word “occupy” is to “dwell in a space.” Too often, we humans do this—we just take up space. Sometimes, we just take up … time. Time, as we all know, can be measured…

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Flipping the Switch with QBQ!

If someone asked me, “John, why do you and your team teach ‘Personal Accountability and the QBQ!’ wherever you go?” I would say, “Well, let’s have Steve with AutoTrader.com answer that!” Steve’s story: John, in February 2011 you spoke at the AutoTrader.com annual meeting in Atlanta. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of…

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What’s new in the revised QBQ! book?

Now that we’ve launched what we call the “gentle rewrite” of the QBQ! book a decade and one million copies later, people are asking the obvious question: What’s new in QBQ!? So let’s answer that question. But first, a matter of integrity: As the author, I don’t and won’t tell anyone who has the original…

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Personal Accountability and Money

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Allow me to share The Miller’s personal financial journey …

I had been working for a fine firm called Cargill as a grain trader in Mankato, Minnesota since 1980 when, in June of ’82, the company transferred Karen and me to Great Falls, Montana. Exciting! At 24 and 22 years old and originally from UpState, NY, we were going to the great state of Montana—and with a raise! I had been making $19,500 annually and Cargill bumped me up to $22,000 Whoo hoo!!!)

So we did …

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Outstanding Holidays Don’t Just Happen

The holidays. A season all about Family, Faith, and Friends. For many, it’s also a time of Food, Football, Festivities, Fun—and Freedom. Not just the blessing of living in a “free country,” but also a little less tied to our jobs and a little more sleeping, puttering, and simply doing nothing on some days! Sounds…

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Be Like Butler Brad!

by John G. Miller Twitter: @QBQguy I grew up a wrestler. For that reason—and because I top out at 5′ 6″—I’ve never been much of a basketball fan. And if I did watch the sport on TV, it was the NBA and our local Denver Nuggets, not the NCAA. But that’s all changed now, thanks…

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