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Good News: you have an emotionally charged group of leaders. Now: how do you convert that energy to the positive?

by Rick Baker
On Sep 27, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When our ancestors first saw fire, the first things they saw and understood were destruction and danger. As time passed, as they became more thoughtful and more adventuresome, our ancestors learned the energy of fire could be harnessed and put to productive use. 

Harnessing energy and putting it to good use...that's the territory of leadership.

[So, when you see people blowing off steam at work recognize there is energy generating the steam. Energy is good. Energy does good when it is harnessed and properly directed. That's a thing of leadership.]

Errors visit us to make sure we haven't forgotten we exist to learn.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 22, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sure, problems can be annoying. They are impolite, arriving at the wrong time and place. And it often seems they are visiting the wrong person.

If we find ourselves annoyed when problems arrive, we can look at that annoyance as a decision trigger. We can pull triggers that send bullets that injure ourselves and others. Or, we can take a bit of time to concentrate on our targets and pull more constructive triggers.

People eat sour fruit sparingly. Yet they complain about it much.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 18, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes sour fruit is the best thing to consume. The British found that out several centuries ago and the practice of eating limes was encouraged by Scottish Dr. James Lind. He helped the British Navy understand limes and lime juice prevented sailors from the pain and suffering of scurvy. This fact was known prior to the arrival of Dr. Lind. And, the benefit of limes was well understood when he documented proof. Yet, the practice of eating limes to prevent scurvy was not adopted by the British Navy until some time later.

The first sailors who ate limes were ridiculed. By fellow sailors and pirates alike.

To this day the legacy of ridicule lives on in the form of a derogatory/racist ancestor of the word lime.

To this day, people resist when others try to force them to eat sour fruit.

So, take care when you try to unload sour fruit on your people.

Care taken while introducing sour fruit is inversely proportional to the amount of complaining that introduction generates. The greater the care, the lesser the complaints.

Procrastination is a lot like using your dentist's drill on your own teeth...

by Rick Baker
On Sep 15, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you have some skill at it, and you use it properly, then procrastination can be a very good tool and you can end up with a big healthy smile on your face.

If you use it wrong, as most people do, then you can cause yourself pained expression and a rotten taste in your mouth.

Related to this... You can put procrastination on a reduced-negative-thinking diet.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Humour | Thought Tweets

Perhaps, complaining about other people is gratifying...perhaps, it satisfies a need?

by Rick Baker
On Sep 9, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Why do people complain about the actions of another person?

Presumably, the answer is - complaining about other people is gratifying, it fills a need. But, what exactly is that need?

And, does complaining about other people satisfy a single need? Or, does the need-satisfaction vary with the person who is the topic of complaint?

Self-monitoring: the next time you're about to complain about another person, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Why do this person's actions make me want to complain?" "What will happen if I delay complaining about this person for 15 minutes? Or, 1 hour? Or, 1 day?" "What gratification will I sacrifice if I delay or refuse to allow myself to complain about this person?"

Winners seek solutions and think of better places. Losers agonize over problems and fear uncertainty.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The choice is yours.

Choose fixing the problem over fixing the blame.

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