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An ounce of problem-finding is worth a pound of problem-solving.

by Rick Baker
On May 3, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [an old saying, containing wisdom of the ages]

Q: But how?

A: Thinking ahead, as in planning & risk management. Seek out problems in advance...as a matter of good habit.

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The 21st Century - never has risk management been such a vital planning function and [with small-to-big data] never has risk management been such an intriguing planning function.

 

 

 

People don't need 'empowerment' as much as they need 'un-entanglement'.

by Rick Baker
On May 2, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We often hear advice like, "You should empower your people, provide them autonomy, give them decision-making authority, and get them to take responsibility". 

That's not the right mindset. We should not see ourselves as agents who 'empower' people or 'give' people things like autonomy: we do not transfer energy or power from us to others.

People have, within them, all the energy and power they need. At best, we can help them understand their energy and power and ensure we do not block their efforts to use their energy and power.

We can help people by showing them how to 'un-entangle' the energy and power within them. One good way of doing this is leading by example.

[And, we should be clear about another thing: 'delegation of authority' is not 'empowerment'.]

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Delegation & Decisions | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets

You worked in your business, then on your business. Now, work on yourself.

by Rick Baker
On May 1, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

About Baby Boomers...

Over the last 4 decades, small-business owners naturally understood what it meant to work in your business.

When Michael Gerber taught the value of "working on your business", many small-business owners grasped the value of strategic planning [i.e., working on your business] and embraced the concept.

Now, many small-business owners are nearing retirement and, for them, the timing is critical...now, they must work on themselves and make significant changes they have postponed if they wish to secure their financial futures.

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Family Business and CFFB | Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

Hiring Rule: If you blink, don't even think...

by Rick Baker
On Apr 30, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I'm thinking about Gladwell's "Blink". We are blessed with intuition. We should allow it to help us make better hiring decisions. Sure, some experts claim that's horrible advice. My intuition tells me to ignore those experts. After all, those experts won't have to live with my bad hires. 

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Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

People are more inclined to follow than to lead; good followers enjoy huge opportunities.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 29, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

One of the most graphic examples is mob behaviour. A few mob leaders can inspire destruction and pillaging from many...just consider Vancouver's Stanley Cup embarrassment. As Mark Weber says, "If the bet is between People and the Situation, bet on the Situation". [paraphrased] 

Betting on Situations is, in essence, betting on people following.

And there's that Spirited philosophy - "Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Process, & Situations"

To accomplish their dreams, leaders must remember these related things:

Be the role model you want emulated

Anticipate and construct Situations

Consequences are the legs that support accountability.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 28, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Where consequences do not register, in the end there can be no accountability. Consequences take the form of rewards...either positive or negative.

Consequences are the 'effect' half of 'cause & effect'. If we remove the 'effect that follows accountability' then we also remove the accountability.

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Beyond Business | Thought Tweets

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