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I'm annoyed by that cliché "skin in the game'" I want to hear more about skull in the game.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 3, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Let's forget about putting money in & getting that pound of flesh and set our sights a bit higher...that is, let's concentrate on kilograms of neurons packaged in open-minded skulls.

It is time we started to recognize the attributes delivered in the form of thick skin and thin skulls.

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Humour | Thick Skin & Thin Skull | Thought Tweets

Necessity and Courage walk hand-in-hand with their finest child, Confidence.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 2, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Necessity can be the mother of Invention. But let's not forget her other children. Let's think about Confidence, sired by Courage.

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Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Discontent, regardless of how it is packaged, just may be the best vehicle for positive change.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 1, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people live to change. For example, some people embrace life-long learning. Others find a lifetime of change by embracing entrepreneurship

That does not mean they make personal changes for the better. Regardless of the life-long learning or the entrepreneurship or all the other changes, bad habits persist.

Sometimes, probably more often than not, even the worst of bad habits remain until true discontent sets in.  


Unresolved, lingering problems gnaw away at brain energy. Attack problems and pluck that destructive power away from them.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 31, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The brain represents 2% of body mass while it consumes 20% of body energy. 

The brain is 'energy intensive'.

Much brain energy is consumed/wasted on negative thinking - i.e., wasted on negative feelings and emotions...wasted on rumination & worry.

You gain energy-value when you reduce your brain's energy-waste.

So - Tackle problems quickly: hit 'em high, hit 'em low...rip the ball out from their hands.

Influencing Powerful People - #10

by Rick Baker
On Mar 30, 2019

“Understand that powerful people think of others as their helpers first and foremost. Let them know that this is what you are there to do. However, don’t let the helper paradigm stifle your creativity and ambition to lead.”

Dirk Schlimm

'Influencing Powerful People', (2011)

"Powerful People" - they hold 'position power' over other people, the power bosses hold over subordinates. They hold other types of power...as examples, the power tied to having control of money and the power tied to a track record of setting goals, influencing results and meeting goals.

Powerful people exist in every successful business. 

Business founders hold special power. Business founders saw market needs, stepped up to address those needs and influenced others to join their businesses. If they succeeded in their business then their power was effective and put to good use. If they failed in business their power was, for one reason or another, ineffective. 

Sometimes we judge business leaders harshly because they don't treat us the way we want. Instead of shifting our 'mindset paradigm' to consider the opportunities that exist in the leader's view of our role, we refuse to align with the leader...sometimes, we resist subversively. When our mindsets are in resistance mode, we have allowed the leader's character and style to bring out the worst in us. With our mindsets focused on resistance, we choose to bury our curiosity. When we make that choice, we stifle our own attention to opportunities and we stifle our own creativity.

We must not blame powerful people for our choices; we must learn how to make and implement better choices when we deal with powerful people. In his book and his teaching, Dirk helps us learn how to make and implement better choices.

Hunger for Big Data: unlimited volumes of every imaginable type of food…awaiting the arrival of creative recipes.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 30, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

And software is the secret sauce.

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