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Influencing Powerful People - #6

by Rick Baker
On Mar 2, 2019

This week’s Dirk Schlimm quote:

“The fact is that many powerful people successfully overcome conventional wisdom and have the resources to keep their initiatives alive. Most important, one must accept as fact that outright dismissal of the genius is rarely an effective strategy for dealing with their ideas.”

Why?

Why can many powerful people overcome conventional wisdom, keep their initiatives alive, maintain concentration and focus, muster enough energy and ultimately succeed in achieving their lofty goals?

There is no quick, easy & simple answer to this question. However, given enough time most intelligent people can obtain the knowledge required to identify many of the components of the answer. And, if people read Dirk’s book then they will save themselves a lot of research and thinking as they come up with those components of business-leadership success.

Here are a few examples of the components:

Persistence/Perseverance: here’s a thought post on this topic

The Eighth Step Toward Riches - or - The First Mental Trap?

Energy/Drive: here’s a thought tweet on this topic

Energy is primal. Your energy is your gift. How are you making the best use of it? 

Goal/Achievement Orientation: here’s a thought post on this topic

5 Thoughts About Achievers & Achievements

Pleasing [enough] Personality: here’s a thought post on this topic 

Prevailing Moods & Gauging Character

Technical Competence: here’s a thought tweet on this topic

There's a reason the words confidence and competence have a similar ring to them.

 

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

by Rick Baker
On Feb 27, 2019

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 Feb 22, 2019

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.

Understanding Fire: That's one of Man's greatest achievements. That applies both externally and internally.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 14, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Where would we be without an understanding of how to use fire?

Wouldn't we be cold and uncomfortable?

Wouldn't we be uninspired?

Wouldn't we be in the dark...at least, half the time?

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Humour | Thought Tweets

Intrinsic drives often persist as lifelong drives.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 13, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Do you have some internal drives that have survived for decades? If you do then you know what I'm talking about.

Long-lasting, persistent wants/needs/drives reveal much about character and personality.

[Time and effort spent working to fulfill these persistent drives is time and effort well spent.] 

Catcheth thou when thou doth protest too much.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 10, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's a good reason why Shakespeare put that "doth protest too much" line in Hamlet. Many people are unable to express an objection and leave it at that. Rather, many people express an objection and go on and on...providing either gory details or more examples, or both.

Now I must stop here before I too doth protest too much...

...it would, for example, be wrong to deliver a ripe example of this I witnessed as recently as...

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