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Speak of the devil's advocate...better still, bite your tongue.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 7, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Constructive criticism is an oxymoron.

Devil's Advocates ... here's an excerpt from Wikipedia: "In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position he or she does not necessarily agree with, for the sake of argument."

Those words - "Devil's Advocate" have a nasty connotation....we should not use them or the practice they capture.

Instead, consider using a planned strategy for seeking different perspectives when large problems are to be solved and important decisions are to be made.

Try, for example, using Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Humour | Thought Tweets

Here's a Catch-22: People get so busy 'in their minds' they have no time to address their own ineptitude or anyone else's.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 6, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When I am inept I am overwhelmed by my workload. When I am overwhelmed by my workload I believe I don't have enough time. When I believe I don't have enough time I don't do what is required to remedy my ineptitude.

What a Catch-22.

Better fix that!

 

Perfectionists show us how natural talents can create bad habits that out-muscle willpower.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 5, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Attention to Detail is a valuable leadership tool...unless it takes over its owner.

Too much of a Good Habit = a Bad Habit.

And, that's how the Devil lurks in the details.

Your communication style influences people much more than your logic.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 4, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

According to Chip Heath and Dan Heath ['Decisive', 2013] "When the researchers compared whether process or analysis was more important in producing good decisions - those that increased revenues, profits, and market share - they found that "process mattered more than analysis - by a factor of six.""

Good Decision Making relies on good decision-making processes.

Good Influencing relies on good influence-making processes.

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Communication: Improving Communication | Influencing | Thought Tweets

'Just Do It!'...then do some more!

by Rick Baker
On Mar 3, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First go through then go beyond the motions.

Go the extra mile; catch someone's attention; deliver, impress, and influence.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Influencing | Integrity | Thought Tweets

Influencing Powerful People - #6

by Rick Baker
On Mar 2, 2019

This week’s Dirk Schlimm quote:

“The fact is that many powerful people successfully overcome conventional wisdom and have the resources to keep their initiatives alive. Most important, one must accept as fact that outright dismissal of the genius is rarely an effective strategy for dealing with their ideas.”

Why?

Why can many powerful people overcome conventional wisdom, keep their initiatives alive, maintain concentration and focus, muster enough energy and ultimately succeed in achieving their lofty goals?

There is no quick, easy & simple answer to this question. However, given enough time most intelligent people can obtain the knowledge required to identify many of the components of the answer. And, if people read Dirk’s book then they will save themselves a lot of research and thinking as they come up with those components of business-leadership success.

Here are a few examples of the components:

Persistence/Perseverance: here’s a thought post on this topic

The Eighth Step Toward Riches - or - The First Mental Trap?

Energy/Drive: here’s a thought tweet on this topic

Energy is primal. Your energy is your gift. How are you making the best use of it? 

Goal/Achievement Orientation: here’s a thought post on this topic

5 Thoughts About Achievers & Achievements

Pleasing [enough] Personality: here’s a thought post on this topic 

Prevailing Moods & Gauging Character

Technical Competence: here’s a thought tweet on this topic

There's a reason the words confidence and competence have a similar ring to them.

 

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