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While leaders must set Rules, they must also empower managers to be innovative as they pursue goals.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Few companies have that sort of culture...so - they must change if they wish to survive and thrive.

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Master Rules | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Influencing Powerful People - #13

by Rick Baker
On Apr 20, 2019

This is the 13th and final Thought Post in a 'Baker's Dozen series', with Dirk Schlimm's wisdom being the main ingredient.

Here's the 13th quote taken from Dirk's book, 'Influencing Powerful People':

Be ready to discuss issues when the situation is favorable and postpone when the time is not right.

Intelligent people

  • anticipate situations,
  • prepare options for their responses to those anticipated situations, and
  • when the anticipated situations become reality, implement prepared and favourable responses.
Good and important examples of intelligent business people thinking before taking action include business processes known as corporate governance, risk management, marketing, sales, staffing, recruiting, etc.
 
All these processes gain advantage from planning the work before working the plan. Here's a link to an article titled, 'Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan'.
 
Dirk helps you understand how to plan and implement influence when you want to influence people who have influence over you.
 
When intelligent people go to the trouble of anticipating and planning responses to situations, they are motivated by desires to succeed and achieve goals. When intelligent people work for powerful/influential people, they do better when they know how to influence those powerful people in ways that result in success [for themselves and for the powerful people]. This is a key message, if not the key message, in Dirk's book. 
 
Many people whine and complain about the actions of powerful people. That's one choice. After reading Dirk's book, intelligent business people will know there is a far better choice. And, they will be able to use the ideas and wisdom Dirk has shared to anticipate powerful-boss situations, plan how to handle those situations and implement actions that bring success for all involved. 
 
That's the value Dirk provides in person and in his writing!
 
And, it is an exciting time. We are less than one week away from Dirk's visit to Waterloo Region.
 
If this CFFB Signature Event isn't already sold out, you still have time to make an amazing investment - as you buy a ticket. 

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Family Business and CFFB | Influencing | Leaders' Thoughts

3 abilities rise above all others: intelligence, willpower, & drive

by Rick Baker
On Apr 20, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

Every human being possesses the seeds of intelligence, willpower, and drive at birth. To a certain degree, and the degree varies from person to person, we develop these three abilities over time. The amount of intelligence and willpower we develop determines the extent we are able to express our strengths. Drive is all about putting energy to productive use...drive is innate...intelligence and willpower protect drive from negative influences [...both intrinsic and extrinsic negative influences].

 

Where are you coming from? & Where are you trying to go?

by Rick Baker
On Apr 19, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Do people have thick enough skin to ask these questions?

Do people have thick enough skin to answer them?

It seems to me...if people set aside assumptions and conclusions long enough to ask and answer these two questions communication would find itself in much better condition.

If our ancient ancestors thought and acted like they were too busy they would have been eaten. Then where would we be?

by Rick Baker
On Apr 18, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The next time you feel inclined to complain about being too busy think of your ancestors.

Wonderful heritage - Evolution didn't let you down.  Did it?

How about your descendants - what are you passing on to them?

Hopefully, you're not passing on the I'm-too-busy gene.

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." [a quote, far from Yogi Berra and Mark Twain]

by Rick Baker
On Apr 17, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

While those words could have come from the lips of Yogi Berra or Mark Twain, they did not.

It is a quote from the Danish Physicist, Niels Bohr (1885-1962). Bohr had a terrific personality and [it seems] sense of humour.

And, of course, he was a deep thinker. Here is another example: The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.

When tempted by worries...think of this Niels Bohr quote.

 

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