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In business, the best relationships are built when pleasant personalities exchange interesting ideas.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 4, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

And, of course, the ideas contain value and there's following through on commitments.

Link to Thought Tweet #278

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Communication: Improving Communication | Marketing | Sales | Thought Tweets

Common sense: easy to see in self but tough to find in others. A pessimist said that. I have no idea why.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 3, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Or was it an optimist...

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Optimism & Pessimism | Thought Tweets

Keep your eyes & ears open: They may be able to preach what they cannot practice.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 2, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Do as I say, not as I do."  &  "Practice what you preach.

We use these sayings as justifications and criticisms when advice appears sanctimonious or disingenuous.

The first saying may be more annoying than helpful...just throwing gas on the fire. The second saying is a close-minded response to people who give us advice they, themselves, cannot follow.

While it would be wonderful if all the people who provide advice were masters of performance, we should not expect our teachers will be masters of performance: knowing how and doing well are 2 different things. For example, the maestro conductor does not have the combined performance abilities of all the master performers in the orchestra. Nonetheless, the maestro conductor has the ability to teach all the master performers.

An ounce of predilection is worth a pound of objection.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 1, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Human beings are biased creatures. Our minds are geared to recognize patterns and, sometimes, our minds jump to conclusions. As one example, this happens when we accurately identify a piece of information but conclude, inaccurately, it is part of a certain pattern. In common words, we call that "jumping to conclusions."

When we jump to conclusions we use one piece of information to reach an inaccurate conclusion. 

This was a real benefit in prehistoric times...jumping to conclusions saved lives.

In business, often, jumping to conclusions is more problem than benefit.

Sometimes, when we jump to conclusions, we also try to foist our inaccurate conclusions on others. If we happen to be a leader who does this then an ounce of our jumping to conclusions can offset a pound of followers' objections...and this, over time, kills followers' spirit.

[That's the reality of position power.]

You worked in your business, then on your business. Now, work on yourself.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 31, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

About Baby Boomers...

Over the last 4 decades, small-business owners naturally understood what it meant to work in your business.

When Michael Gerber taught the value of "working on your business", many small-business owners grasped the value of strategic planning [i.e., working on your business] and embraced the concept.

Now, many small-business owners are nearing retirement and, for them, the timing is critical...now, they must work on themselves and make significant changes they have postponed if they wish to secure their financial futures.

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Family Business and CFFB | Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

Even when happiness appears to be all that's happening, it brings Value.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 30, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There are many reasons why this is true. Here's one: when we are happy our faces show it, then others register that fact, and that at the very least eases anxieties and tensions in situations. Happiness tends to be contagious.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

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