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About Decisions: as a general rule, avoid making them when you are stressed or pressed.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 8, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Only on rare occasions do we need to deliver decisions with urgency. For the vast majority of situations we can take time to de-stress or reduce negative feelings before we make decisions.

Given a little time for clear thought we can consider options, we can check our gut, and we can perform common-sense tests.

As the saying goes, "If it's worth doing it's worth doing right".

Note: this not intended as an argument against the value of intuition...sometimes gut reactions bring the best decisions. And - there is value in taking time to think about gut reactions...and learn from them.


In business – discussions are good, decisions are better, and delegated decisions are best.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 7, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Discussions help you determine whether or not you have good/talented/skilled people on your leadership team. Quality discussions allow you to help the people you work with....and vice-versa. 

Decisions set the paths to results, either failures or successes. Learning from failures is the route to better future decisions and top future effectiveness, success, & profit. 

Delegation of decision-making authority and accountability is the only way to grow a business. Delegation takes tasks to talents

Master discussion first, then decision-making, then the art of delegation.


Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

Talent without discipline - good for hobbies, not so good for businesses.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 6, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Malcolm Gladwell [in his book, 'Outliers'] taught us, regardless of Talent, people need to spend at least 10,000 hours to become performing masters.

I think - if you are not paid to be a performing master then you are performing a hobby [not work].

I think - if you lack discipline then you won't even be good at hobbying.

And, I think - if you are not good at stuff then you do not enjoy it...and that's not a good way to spend your time.


STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Problems can be like icebergs, with their most-troublesome parts hiding below the surface.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 5, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We human beings have a curious habit. We tend to express problems in ways that conceal the real sources of our 'pain'. I suppose our egos make us play word and mind games...prettying up our real problems with make-up so other people will view us in [what our egos hope will be] a better light.


Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets

Self-knowledge is an essential ingredient of success...it's the 1st ingredient. Spend some time on that. You're worth the effort.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 3, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

People who have a thorough understanding of themselves do better as business leaders. They understand their strengths and weaknesses; they understand their desires and goals, they understand their internal drivers and their behaviour; they understand their attitude toward and their reactions to situations and other people. 

And, according to Wikipedia...

The Ancient Greek aphorism "Know thyself" (Greekγνῶθι σεαυτόν, transliterated: gnōthi seauton; also ... σαυτόν ... sauton with the ε contracted), is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek periegetic (travelogue) writer Pausanias(10.24.1).[1]

The maxim, or aphorism, "know thyself" has had a variety of meanings attributed to it in literature. The Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia of Greek knowledge, says: "the proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are,"[2] and that "know thyself" is a warning to pay no attention to the opinion of the multitude.[3]

In Latin, the aphorism is generally given as nosce te ipsum[4] or temet nosce.[5]


Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Eggs don't hatch where scarcity-thinking roosts.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 2, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Scarcity-thinking stifles curiosity and creativity and when curiosity and creativity are stifled success is elusive.

It is clear, some people fully disagree with these views...they continue to think and talk scarcity...and many people do nothing to correct that problem.


Abundance | Curiosity - Invention, Innovation & Creativity | Humour | Thought Tweets

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