"Why are you such a jerk?"Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:51
Note - title changed from I saw an angel in the marble...
and I chiseled until
I set it free
I picked up a book at a used bookstore the other day. Looking at a couple of the threads that appeared here between last night and this morning, it seems apropos to introduce it. The title is:
The Question Behind the Question.
What to Really Ask Yourself
Eliminate Blame, Complaining and Procrastination.
I think this is something that we can all use help in - and I include myself in that statement. While you can't judge a book by its cover, I judged this one by a quick browse. It is short and direct, and I think it will be helpful to me. It might be helpful to you, too.
BTW, the quote up top is the inscription that opens the book. I think we all have inner angels, struggling to be set free.
More on the book:
The lack of personal accountability 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.
The solution involves an entirely new approach. We can no longer ask, "Who dropped the ball?" "Why can't they do their work properly?" or "Why do we have to go through all these changes?" Instead, every individual has to ask the question behind the question: "How can I improve this situation?" "What can I contribute?" or "How can I make a difference?"
Succinct, insightful, and practical, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change.