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Automated reporting tools only work when managers are doing the right things.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 31, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Reporting tools: at the interface of management people and process

If managers are doing the right things then automated report tools provide value.

If managers are not doing the right things then automated tools simply add to the confusion.

Put another way - An injection of automation won't remedy management inadequacies. 


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Business Contains Only 3 Things | Measure & Monitor | Thought Tweets

Strong leaders excel at using their talents, knowledge, and skills. Strong Leaders influence others to do that same thing.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 24, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Strength = Innate Talent [as signalled by STRENGTHSFINDER Top 5 Talent Themes] + Opportunity [which leaders are obligated to provide to self and others] + Specialized Knowledge [of the details of the plan and the work processes…and about the people and the situations the people face] + Practised Skills [as Malcolm Gladwell teaches, think in terms of at least 10,000 hours to master the tasks that make up a business role]

Influence = the essence of Leadership


 

If you want to change the world then spend 20 minutes a day working on self-understanding.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 21, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The question was asked at the HBR LInkedIn group..."How can we change society? Just give one step which you feel will change society.

Change requires Courage.

Change requires knowledge of self and knowledge of others.

Change cascades like dominos:

Courage

Self-Knowledge

Self-Education

Self-Discipline

Self-Change

Self-Confidence

Confidence in Others

Teaching Others: Courage, Self-Knowledge, Self-Education, Self-Discipline, Self-Confidence

Working With Others: Creating Change For The Better 

 

This is the stuff of leadership

None of us can forecast the future: the best we can do is predict...do our best...then deal with actual situations.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 1, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

About Planning: Why plan? Who should plan? etc. 

Predict! When the word 'plan' [as in 'strategic plan'] annoys people, don't argue it or fight it. Choose to use the word 'predict'.

Discipline yourself if you wish to persuade others.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 29, 2018

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

Do what I say not what I do does not cut it. Probably, most of us can remember incidents when we were children and adults in positions of authority gave us instructions that they themselves did not follow. To the extent that happened, we learned to resist instructions that came to us as do what I say not what I do. As we gained experience and confidence our resistance to these inconsistent demands increased. Now, we have much trouble following instructions from people who do not lead by example. And, we distrust those who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

 

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Mediocrity happens when we live under the wings of our bad-habits.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 27, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Bad Habits follow us like shadows. Bad Habits make us mediocre. We can replace Bad Habits with Good Habits...it's a matter of choice...and commitment & self-discipline.

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