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

by Rick Baker
On Nov 29, 2018

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..

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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 Nov 28, 2018

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?

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

When there's no reason or rhyme maybe it's time to change your tune.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 27, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Human beings are biased creatures. One bias is known as the rhyme-as-reason effect.

According to Wikipedia -

"The rhyme-as-reason effect is a cognitive bias whereupon a saying or aphorism is judged as more accurate or truthful when it is rewritten to rhyme." And "For an example of the persuasive quality of the rhyme-as-reason effect, see "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit," the signature phrase used by Johnnie Cochran to gain acquittal for O.J. Simpson in Simpson's murder trial."

Consider the rhyme-as-reason bias when you:

  • create leader's messages
  • create marketing communications

When you make a fine argument...shut up, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First, learn about the extent of the fineness of your argument. I mean, bring your thick skin and thin skull...and keep your ego under full control.

Was your argument really as fine as you thought?

Don't let a few bad apples sour your trust in people.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 25, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Without trust relationships are shallow and weak.

Don't let people's actions sour your trust.

Start With Self. On top of all the self-things I have written over the years, I'm adding self-trust.

We judge others by their actions; we judge ourselves by our intentions. We blame situations for our failures: we blame other people for their failures. We give credit to ourselves when we succeed: we give credit to their situations when other people succeed. (Attribution Bias)

Those are our tendencies.

Let's not allow those tendencies to draw too much of our attention to the bad apples.

Self-discipline brings out the value embedded in talent.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 24, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

When discipline is absent Talent is dormant, submerged, and wasted.

That's why discipline is a good thing.

Discipline serves a key role when success is in action.

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Beyond Business | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

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