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Here's a definition of Mediocrity: living in bad-habit shadows.

by Rick Baker
On May 23, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Bad Habits follow us like shadows. Bad Habits make us mediocre. We can replace Bad Habits with Good Habits...it's a matter of choice...and commitment & self-discipline...and it's a matter of trying New Things.

Do you see the light?

To lead, use light fingers at the controls. Heavy-finger governance and control just sends things off kilter.

by Rick Baker
On May 22, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

From Wikipedia...

In 1868, James Clerk Maxwell wrote a famous paper "On governors” that is widely considered a classic in feedback control theory.

        

     An early governor                              James Clerk Maxwell

In the 19th Century, Maxwell proved that tight governing of steam engine speed created bigger surprises than light governing.

We can apply this fact to 21st Century business process.

In business we need guiding principles and Master Rules.

A comment for the media: Bad news does not have to make such good news.

by Rick Baker
On May 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We can choose to avoid or choose to limit our exposure to negative situations, experiences, and people.

Bad news does not have to make such good news.

Criticism has no right to reign.

We do so much better when we avoid the "Negative Society"

If we had not learned the word "No" when we were young, we would spend a lot less time thinking about our mistakes.

by Rick Baker
On May 20, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When we were young a lot of people started to say "No" to us. We were made to believe it was wrong to say and do certain things....many things. The rules of "No" versus "Yes" were inconsistent, depending on who was saying the rules and where all of us were [mental schema, states of mind, etc.] when the rules were being expressed.

Regardless, when we were instructed "No", we received the message we were doing something wrong...i.e., we were making a mistake. We heard "No" so many times when we were young much of our current thoughts involve our past mistakes, sometimes even the mistakes we made when we were very young. 

We should learn to shake mistakes off.

Willpower: we make a good habit of it or it slips away on us.

by Rick Baker
On May 19, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Willpower, like any other good habit, demands much energy. So, we must use it wisely and regularly. We must drain it, rebuild it, and strengthen it.

Willpower [and its outcome, self-control]: you must use it or you will not have it. 

The greatest leaders overcome their bad habits. They mould their character to improve their ability to influence others.

by Rick Baker
On May 18, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes they replace combative ways with kindness; sometimes they replace softer ways with assertiveness.

Other times they improve their voice, vocabulary, and body language to improve their communication style...adding clarity and power to it.

Great leaders are attuned to their habits, both the good ones and the bad ones. They choose to replace their bad habits with new things - adding good habits, habits proven to deliver positive results.

Beyond everything else, the greatest leaders are masters of self-awareness and self-control.

And they know leadership is an ongoing series of thought-and-action choices. So they define thought-and-action boundaries for themselves and they work continuously at living within those thought-and-action boundaries.

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