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For situations you cannot control, learn how to avoid feeling anger, anxiety, fear & frustration.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 29, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When people find themselves in situations they cannot control their reaction is, naturally, one of discomfort. For some people, the discomfort is extreme. This discomfort often leads to thoughts and actions that lead to dysfunction, stress, and a host of other negative things. 

We can learn how to do better than that.

We can teach ourselves how to do better than that.

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Business Contains Only 3 Things | Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Are you still trying to close that sale? Is your Persistence based on accurate thinking or denial?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 28, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

When does persistence become the wrong thing to do? 

There are differing views: we discussed this at the Thought Post called The Eighth Step Toward Riches or The First Mental Trap’ 

 When should the sales person draw the line…pull the plug? 

Ideally, this should happen when two things align: 

1. Your gut feel tells you ‘It is over.’ 
2. Your accurate thinking tells you ‘It is over.’ 

That’s much easier said than done. 

But, like all other aspects of sales…it is a talent that can be learned & honed.

Ease - success appears easy; Dis-Ease - failure happens without ease or appearance of easy.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 27, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When you fully engage your Talents & Strengths things happen with relative ease...and success follows.

Communication tip: If you want people to buy into your ideas then you must 'pre-communicate'…and over-communicate.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 26, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

  1. Experts have been studying people connections, networks, and hubs for over 40 years. Experts concluded weak links, including the most casual interactions with people we only know briefly or through friends-of-friends, often provide the greatest rewards, including access to innovation
  2. Far too many businesses operate like sheep following the herd in their business sector. Even casual connections with people outside your business sector can open doors to tremendous innovations.

In days of old, fear made us fit and functional. Now, with many options as close as our remote, we rarely allow that.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 25, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Fear is the part of the human condition that provides us a fighting [or flighting] chance to survive. In tougher-times-of-old, fear-triggered physiological changes pumped blood to our arms so we could fight and to our legs so we could run. 

Now...

Rather than fight we take out our aggression on a big bowl of popcorn while watching GSP doing MMA on PPV.

And, rather than run we calm our troubled minds by watching Honey Boo Boo reruns.

Now, more often than not, fear bypasses our arm and leg muscles and finds its way to our bellies and hips.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Humour | Thought Tweets

Don't delegate any task you cannot do yourself...except software engineering.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 25, 2019

Clint Eastwood taught those villains, "A man must know his limitations."

Similarly, a man must understand he is at risk when he delegates beyond his limitations.

Yes, I known this also applies to women, however, Clint Eastwood didn't shoot women...at least I don't recall seeing him shoot women or instructing them on limitations.

OK - people, both women and men, must know their limitations and they must understand they should think about the risks before they delegate work that exceeds their capabilities.

So, one Master Rule is – Don’t delegate a task you cannot do yourself.

From time to time, leaders need to do the dirty jobs. [The jobs everyone can do but nobody enjoys doing.] If leaders choose to delegate all the dirty jobs then they will surely alienate some people….perhaps, most followers.

At the other end of the spectrum, leaders get into trouble when they delegate tasks that are beyond their capability. As examples - troubles follow when the time required for tasks is underestimated, when the complexity of tasks is underestimated, and when the resources required for tasks are underestimated. The best way to know the time, complexity, and resources of tasks is firsthand experience doing the tasks.

So, one Master Rule is – Don’t delegate a task you cannot do yourself.

…unless, of course, those tasks are software engineering!

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Delegation & Decisions | Hero Worship | Humour | Master Rules

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