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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3-Step Upgrade: How To Become a Better Me

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Years ago, while selling management training, I showed a demo video to a prospective client. During the presentation, she made an unsolicited comment about the training instructor on the 13-inch “box” TV I’d lugged into her Minneapolis office. The trainer on the screen was named Bill, a man in his 50s.

She stated, “I like this Bill guy. He’s clearly comfortable in his own skin.”

It was 1992 and I’d never heard the phrase before. To be honest, I think I resented it because she said it about Bill and not … me.

I remember wondering, Am I comfortable in my own skin?

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Are You Training On The Right Stuff?

Are you standing on the foundation of Personal Accountability?

The two-ton boulder pictured was the first of 22 Miller “landscape” rocks and is our largest. My wife has instructed me to purchase no more. 😆

I shot this shot with my iPhone because, well, the metaphor is so obvious, I couldn’t resist —

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Skilled People Managers Are The Best Leaders

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WARNING: This might offend —

“Leadership” is the most over-emphasized ability, over-used buzzword, over-stressed quality, and the most misunderstood concept in the organizational world today.

Yep, I went there. 😉

The #1 Problem in Organizations

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Practicing Personal Accountability: Choosing Kindness

Did you know there’s an official “Random Act of Kindness” day? Not sure why it’s February 17, but that’s the truth.

So, when we received Jean’s story below, I got thinking, Can’t I be kind whenever I want? I mean, isn’t kindness about free will? You know, like a … choice?

Do I need to wait till February??? 😂

Choose To Be Kind

As believers in the QBQ! book, you folks know that personal accountability is defined as …

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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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QBQ! Reflection: Am I Changing Me?

In the 1980s, the Millers dove into “social styles” personality profile material—Amiable, Driver, Analytical, Expressive—to discover my wife, Karen, is more Amiable and I am more Driver.

Then came the critter-based content; I’m a take-charge Lion and she’s a sweet Golden Retriever. 😁

After that, Myers-Briggs: Karen is all “F” (Feeler) while I’m all “T” (Thinker).

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The 5 Cs of Strong Parenting (don’t be a weak parent!)


“You don’t really have 7 kids, do you?!”

Yep, we sure do. When Karen and I married in 1980, having seven children was not the plan. Actually, there was no plan.

It’s been a wonderful ride, though, and with “the kids” now 36-years-old down to 21, we’ve learned a bunch. In fact, we’ve even formed some firm opinions. 😉

What We Have Learned About Parenting

One steadfast belief we hold is this: STRONG parenting beats WEAK parenting.

Our parenting years began in 1983 and have coincided with a world of change in the world. Everything from “participation trophies” to increased entitlement and victim thinking to college-age students needing “safe spaces” so they’re not offended. There’s simply been a ton of societal change.

Much of it working against parents who want to raise accountable kids.

Children have always needed strong parenting, but more than ever, modern-day moms and dads are the salmon swimming upstream against a cultural current that fails to promote the core tenet of the QBQ! book:

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