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QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame | [John G. Miller]

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame

The lack of personal accountability is a problem that has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization, or individual, can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.
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The lack of personal accountability is a problem that has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization, or individual, can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.

John G. Miller believes that the troubles that plague organizations cannot be solved by pointing fingers and blaming others. Rather, the real solutions are found when each of us recognizes the power of personal accountability. In QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Miller explains how negative, inappropriate questions like "Why do we have to go through all this change?" and "Who dropped the ball?" represent a lack of personal accountability. Conversely, when we ask better questions, QBQs, such as "What can I do to contribute?" or "How can I help solve the problem?" our lives and our organizations are transformed.

This remarkable and timely audiobook gives a practical method for putting personal accountability into daily action, with astonishing results: problems are solved, internal barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change more quickly. It is an invaluable resource to anyone seeking to learn, grow, and change. Using this tool, each of us can add tremendous worth to our organizations and to our lives by eliminating blame, complaining, and procrastination.

©2004 QBQ, Inc.; (P)2004 Penguin Audio

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    c Milpitas, CA, United States 08-07-12
    c Milpitas, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    This is now a mandatory read for all new hires at my company. Great for those who like to have a pity party.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Stuteville Charleston, TN 05-23-05
    Ed Stuteville Charleston, TN 05-23-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Absolutely profound ideas!"

    This book has all the knowledge needed to make any person or company turn around. As a corporate trainer, I have been preaching this sermon for years but like any other tool, the person reading it has to actually put the principles into practice.
    Personal accountability simply means that we stop blaming others for our problems and start looking to ourselves for the answer. We ask "How" and "What" questions that contain the word "I". "What can I do?" "How can I change...." It does not matter who caused the problem, "I" am the key to the solution.

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    "Life Changing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's such a simple concept, but that which we never normally think about. It's so easy to place blame before examining ourselves, and John really puts personal accountability into perspective. This audiobook is very easy to listen to, and will definetely put you into thinking mode. His words will resonate in your mind, in everything you do, and will get you to start asking the right questions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked John's story of sitting down to grab a bite to eat and having one of the employees go out of his way to get John a Coke even though it isn't normally served at that restaurant.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raphael 04-08-15
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    "The power of a better question? Yes!"

    Story like, straightforward insights that will immediately help you start changing the way you think about daily questions. Questions and situations that might normally be frustrating-but now you will know how to more easily see the better question to be asking

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    Mitchell Evans 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Found it lacking"

    If you want to be a robot, this is the book for you. The message can be found in a million other self help books. What I did like about it, is its length. It was short and to the point. I wish other writers in this genre would follow suite.

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    Mark 03-29-15
    Mark 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The "I" not "Them" problem"

    This book was certainly a great reminder to all of us as leaders where I need to focus first regarding a problem, opportunity, or conflict. I love the examples of successes with each real life person you shared with us. I can't wait to bring this too action in my life in all areas.
    Thanks John for the encouragement to improve

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    Jessica 02-28-15
    Jessica 02-28-15
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    "Perfect, just what I needed"
    Would you listen to QBQ! The Question Behind the Question again? Why?

    I live the challenges listed in QBQ! all day at work, this book is just what I needed to reinforce the right kind of thinking for myself and also how I can improve conversations with my challenging colleagues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question?

    How to spot and quickly react effectively to 'victim thinking', 'the blame game' and there are times you just have to 'live in the box' especially with technology limits that are just not going to ever go away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A couple of the example stories made me literally laugh out loud.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the stories in the book about a father and young daughter quickly reacted to a flight engine failure was a real life example of how to quickly react effectively, and ended with some humble humor too.


    Any additional comments?

    read it! Its a very simple read and methodology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 02-20-15
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    "Amazing Book"

    Entertaining, applicable, and relevant! Anyone can grasp personal accountability with this approach and leaves no stone or excuse or barrier unturned. I wish I had this book when I was a teenager what a different life I would have had, yet now the sky is the limit!

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    Darin 01-29-15
    Darin 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"

    Great! Very helpful in changing my communication with my team. A simple approach that would be helpful for the world.

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    David Sheffield Lake, OH, United States 07-15-13
    David Sheffield Lake, OH, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Stuff!"
    Where does QBQ! The Question Behind the Question rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We really enjoyed listening to this book on our way back home from a long road trip. Took lots of notes (my son was driving) and look forward to sharing the message with many more in my consulting business.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I choose "Camp Accountability". I accept personal responsibility in my daily activities!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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