Your Locus of Control

What is your Locus of Control?

Huh? My what of what?

Don’t worry, we’ll get to what that is and why it’s important soon. But first…

Sixty Day Blog Challenge Matt McWilliams

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for Dan Erickson’s blog entitled Take the Sixty-Day Blog Challenge

I asked Dan to do a follow-up post…and explain the Locus of Control. In addition to blogging, Dan also writes songs, poetry and has written two books, A Train Called Forgiveness and At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy. He’s also an on-again/off-again runner like myself.

Take it away Dan!

Interview with @QBQGuy, John G. Miller, Part Two

Welcome to the final day of Family Leadership Week and part two of my interview with the author of Parenting the QBQ Way, John G. Miller.

If you missed yesterday’s interview, you can listen to and/or read it here.

You can listen to part two of the interview here. Warning: The audio quality is not great and I had the sniffles.

Or you can read it below.

QBQ Author John G. Miller Interview by Matt McWilliams
Matt: This is my question.

What suggestion do you have for parents who had bad models (i.e. their parents)? I know the first step is to take responsibility for my own parenting. What do you think are the next steps?

Interview with John G. Miller

Welcome to Day Four of Family Leadership Week!

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview the author of Parenting the QBQ Way, John G. Miller. If you missed my review of this book, you can read it here.

QBQ Author John G. Miller Interview by Matt McWilliams

You can listen to the interview here. Warning: The audio quality is not great and I had the sniffles.

Or you can read it below.

A little about John:

John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way. He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.” A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and one grandson.

After I insult John by saying he is like my grandfather, we get into the interview with some great questions from readers and a few of my own.

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Book Review: Parenting the QBQ Way by John Miller

My child is a product of my parenting.

That is the key takeaway of the book Parenting the QBQ Way: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability by John Miller.

Not the schools. Not Head Start. Not the church. Not her friends. Not the celebrities du jour. My child is a product of my parenting.

Parenting the QBQ Way by John Miller: Personal Accountability

And with that easy-to-acknowledge but hard-to-swallow fact, John Miller issues a call for personal accountability in parenting.

Before we go too much further, welcome to day two of Family Leadership Week. The rest of the week looks a little something like this:

Wednesday, March 6: QBQ Practice. This one should be fun.

Thursday, March 7: Interview with John Miller, Part One

Friday, March 8: Interview with John Miller, Part Two

Part one yesterday is here: The Problem with Parents Today.

Ask QBQ! Author John Miller Your Questions

I am reading a book that is already changing the way I lead my family.

It is changing our daughter’s life. She is not quite two (that’s her below) and has so much life in front of her. But the impact from this book can begin affecting her life even as a toddler…and continue well into adulthood.

Aracelli McWilliams

The book is Parenting the QBQ Way, Expanded Edition: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability by John Miller.

If you listen to Dave Ramsey, read about business, or currently have a pulse, you have probably heard of John, AKA “The QBQ Guy.”

This is John’s fourth book. There are currently more than 1,000,000 copies in print. I would highly suggest checking out all of his books here.

What QBQ did for businesses like Dave Ramsey’s organization, this book can do for parents, if only we can get it in their hands. (NOTE: I just caught myself there…let me rephrase that in a QBQ…”What can I do to get this in the hands of more parents? What can I do to demonstrate parenting that would make others ask me where I learned it?”) This book is truly that powerful.

Handcuffs (Or…That Time I Was Arrested)

In my inaugural post, I wrote a sentence that I almost didn’t include:

“I have held trophies and awards with the same hands that have been handcuffed.”

Here is the story behind that statement and what I learned from it.

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I’ve never worn an orange jumpsuit or actually spent a night in jail, but it wasn’t a metaphor.

When I was 25, a grand jury indicted me on seven counts of perjury. (Wow, that was almost as fun to write as it was to go through.)

I ran for the local Board of Education at the age of 23. In doing so, I was required to file regular campaign finance reports. I falsified seven of the reports due to poor record keeping.

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