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Communication tip: Google the words "how to listen better". Millions of ideas! Just pick 2 or 3. Start trying them today.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 25, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

When we asked the LinkedIn question 'What does it take to be a good sales person?' the #1 answer was - 'Be a good listener.' So, from time to time, our Sales Tweets will contain messages about How to Listen Better.

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Communication: Improving Communication | Sales | Thought Tweets

Overheard at the Placebo Plant..."Listen up Boss, I've got this great new product idea."

by Rick Baker
On Apr 24, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

How would one go about recruiting employees for a placebo plant? What traits and qualities would one look for? Would quality control be discussed? How about customer service and customer satisfaction?

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Curiosity - Invention, Innovation & Creativity | Humour | Ideas | Thought Tweets

If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 23, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"A man's got to know his limitations." Clint Eastwood said that when he played Dirty Harry in 'Magnum Force', (1973).

If you know yourself and you know your limitations then you have a fighting chance to know when you will need willpower. If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

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Hero Worship | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Curiosity, Moderation & Variety are the archenemies of Bad Habits.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 22, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Q: Why are certain habits called Bad Habits

A: Because they reduce the ability to achieve our Goals?

Q: How might we change our Bad Habits for the better?

A: Consciously, practice Curiosity, think and act with Moderation, & expand your exposure to Variety.

While leaders must set Rules, they must also empower managers to be innovative as they pursue goals.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Few companies have that sort of culture...so - they must change if they wish to survive and thrive.

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Master Rules | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Influencing Powerful People - #13

by Rick Baker
On Apr 20, 2019

This is the 13th and final Thought Post in a 'Baker's Dozen series', with Dirk Schlimm's wisdom being the main ingredient.

Here's the 13th quote taken from Dirk's book, 'Influencing Powerful People':

Be ready to discuss issues when the situation is favorable and postpone when the time is not right.

Intelligent people

  • anticipate situations,
  • prepare options for their responses to those anticipated situations, and
  • when the anticipated situations become reality, implement prepared and favourable responses.
Good and important examples of intelligent business people thinking before taking action include business processes known as corporate governance, risk management, marketing, sales, staffing, recruiting, etc.
 
All these processes gain advantage from planning the work before working the plan. Here's a link to an article titled, 'Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan'.
 
Dirk helps you understand how to plan and implement influence when you want to influence people who have influence over you.
 
When intelligent people go to the trouble of anticipating and planning responses to situations, they are motivated by desires to succeed and achieve goals. When intelligent people work for powerful/influential people, they do better when they know how to influence those powerful people in ways that result in success [for themselves and for the powerful people]. This is a key message, if not the key message, in Dirk's book. 
 
Many people whine and complain about the actions of powerful people. That's one choice. After reading Dirk's book, intelligent business people will know there is a far better choice. And, they will be able to use the ideas and wisdom Dirk has shared to anticipate powerful-boss situations, plan how to handle those situations and implement actions that bring success for all involved. 
 
That's the value Dirk provides in person and in his writing!
 
And, it is an exciting time. We are less than one week away from Dirk's visit to Waterloo Region.
 
If this CFFB Signature Event isn't already sold out, you still have time to make an amazing investment - as you buy a ticket. 

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Family Business and CFFB | Influencing | Leaders' Thoughts

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