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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Book: QBQ! The Question Behind The Question by John G. Miller

A new book came across my desk this week, QBQ! The Question Behind The Question by John G. Miller. It is subtitled, “What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame, Complaining and Procrastination.”

This thin volume (115 pages) seeks to help people move beyond the typical “blame game” that occurs in business and life in general. Too often, we concentrate on getting the other person to change, instead of concentrating our attentions where they really matter, on ourselves.

Instead of asking Why? and Who?, Miller consels us to ask What and How? “What can I do to contribute? How can I help solve the problem?” Even the best of us can fall into blaming others for our problems, but it is more important to ask the QBQ to help us move beyond the problems in productivity.

It is unfortunate that many people who could really use this book may never pick it up. It is a difficult task to accept our own battles with blame and for many people, it never happens. Simply reading this book can take a large dose of courage.

If you want to challenge yourself and your thinking, even just a little, pick up a copy of QBQ! And start asking the Question Behind the Question yourself.


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