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Small business is like walking a tightrope: failure to step gets you nowhere & slip-ups bring you down.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 6, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Take Delegation seriously. It is really important to do it and to allow yourself and your people to learn from errors.

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Delegation & Decisions | Humour | Thought Tweets

"Fear is (a) an impulse, (b) a habit, (c) a disease."

by Rick Baker
On Mar 5, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

That's a quote from Frank Channing Haddock's 'The Culture of Courage', (1910).

What an interesting view of fear.

What an interesting base for growing courage.

You worked in your business, then you worked on your business. Now, you're overdue to work on yourself.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 4, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

In the Emyth series of books, Michael Gerber explained the value of going beyond working in your business to working on your business.

Too many leaders worked both in and on their businesses but neglected the most-important activity - working on themselves.

As you work in and on your business expect minimal positive changes unless you, first, work on improving yourself.

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Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

Some ancient wisdom for Success: Have bone in back, not bone in head.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet

Probably no ancient person ever said that. But, we will never know for sure. On the other hand, I did write “People should work at having thick skin and thin skulls”.

Thick skin will help people be less influenced by the criticism of others.

A thin skull will ensure important stuff gets in easier.

If you want to teach someone, first find out what they believe they already know.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Far too often, we jump into teaching.

Far too often, we assume others do not know what we know. 

Far too often, we conclude others are doing things poorly or incorrectly because they don't know what we know.

More often than not, we waste time and 'make work' when we assume and conclude others don't know what we know.

We can remedy this by asking simple questions before we give instructions and lessons.

 

Don't let yourself get so busy you let Situations catch you unprepared...anticipate Situations, plan ahead.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 1, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

So many people think they are 'too busy' when the reality is they are 'too unprepared'. They live a business life consumed by a repeated series of fire-fights. Many of the fire-fights are directly linked to specific individuals' behaviour. And, habits being what they are, to a very large degree, behaviour is predictable. Think of a probable Situation. Think of who will be in the Situation. Think of how the people in the Situation will act. Plan your best Actions before the fires start. 

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