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You cannot force a round talent into a square task.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." 

Mark Twain


Too often we focus on roles as if they are a singular or homogeneous thing. We do better when we treat roles as a package of different tasks, some stand-alone tasks, some interpersonal tasks. People succeed in roles when their talents and strengths mesh with the tasks in the roles. [and, of course, the people have an achievement-oriented attitude]


STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Why anger is better than frustration

by Rick Baker
On Sep 1, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Confusion: that's a light sampling of conflicted thought.

Torn between 2...that's a heavier sampling.

Confounded: that can be bloody annoying.

Conflicted thoughts are the roots of frustration.

Frustration gets you nowhere & getting nowhere is frustrating: a vicious circle or downward spiral.

At least when we are angry we are more certain about our thoughts. This is why anger is better than frustration.


Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

Automated reporting tools only work when managers are doing the right things.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 31, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Reporting tools: at the interface of management people and process

If managers are doing the right things then automated report tools provide value.

If managers are not doing the right things then automated tools simply add to the confusion.

Put another way - An injection of automation won't remedy management inadequacies. 


Business Contains Only 3 Things | Measure & Monitor | Thought Tweets

Success contains a blend of 'imaginative' & 'disciplined' thinking.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 30, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Creativity versus LogicEntrepreneurship versus Big Business. Rock Logic versus Water LogicEinstein versus Socrates. The School of Hard Knocks versus Academia. Right-brain versus Left-brain [which I think is a dangerous over-simplification of how the human brain actually works].

Regardless of how we define their difference we need to keep these opposites in proper balance.

How do you find the proper balance between 'imaginative' & 'disciplined' thinking?


Brain: about the Human Brain | Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

At the rate people are now listening, evolution will remove our ears in a few generations.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 29, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If I told you once I told you a thousand times...

...use it or lose it.

[Then there's the unthinkable - Is it possible my communications are that bloody uninteresting?]

More on, falling on deaf ears..


Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

When growth is stalled, many argue in favour of the status quo; fear of change often trumps common sense.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 28, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

This is not a horrible dysfunction, it's just an all-too-common bad habit.

Why would a person not want to take chances, make changes, and grow?

Perhaps we should first explore the extent of their Fear of Criticism and their Fear of Poverty...see Napoleon Hill's 1937 classic, 'Think and Grow Rich'.

Linked to Fear of Poverty - according to psychologists, we fear losing existing things more than we desire gaining new things. Fear of loss outstrips desire for gain by a factor of about 4-to-1.

Do you feel that way?

Do you favour the status quo over change?


Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

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