QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame, Complaining and Procrastination

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Who Moved My Cheese? showed readers how to adapt to change. Fish! helped raise flagging morale. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question addresses the most important issue in business and society today: personal accountability. In today's business culture, the lack of personal accountability is a problem that has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining and procrastination. Company goals are achieved through individuals asking themselves how they can contribute and make a difference, not through paying lip service to teamwork. Using succinct, light-hearted stories, Miller offers a practical and inspirational method for putting personal accountability into daily action that can bring incredible results: problems get solved, internal barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows and people adapt to change more quickly.

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QBQ! by John G. Miller is a motivational primer aimed at purging the "blame, complaining, and procrastination" from the workplace. Miller believes that one of the hallmarks of today's business culture is a lack of personal accountability; he prescribes the cure in this series of short stories and personal observations drawn from his years of experience running his organizational development firm. His main point is that positive change begins with individuals changing themselves: "Instead of asking, 'When will others walk their talk?' let's walk our talk first." The result is choppy (39 chapters in 115 pages), and at times Miller's advice boils down to truism and cliché. Nevertheless, managers whose workplaces demand remedial, straightforward advice should find a useful tool here. --Harry C. Edwards

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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 pointing fingers and blaming others cannot solve the troubles that plague organizations. 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.

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This remarkable and timely book 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. QBQ! is an invaluable resource for 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.

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