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

by Rick Baker
On Aug 27, 2020

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

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

by Rick Baker
On Aug 25, 2020

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.

Less than 20% of people work at making changes; over 80% of people require ongoing assistance & leadership.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 10, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Focus on change leaders.

Focus on self-motivated people.

Focus on confident people.

Tags:

80/20 Rule | Change: Creating Positive Change | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

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

by Rick Baker
On Jul 21, 2020

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

Biting your tongue just before it expresses something quite right but nonetheless doomed to be poorly received – that’s a good thing.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 20, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

You can choose to adjust your personality so it is more pleasing and less annoying. Sometimes, the choice involves biting your tongue.

 

Benjamin Franklin

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do."

 

It's easy to make a significant change: just tell everyone you have developed an electricity intolerance.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 10, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sure, change is tough.

But you gotta look on the bright side: if you don't like that last suggestion - when the urge to change gets too annoying, you can always watch a TV rerun.

Now, do you see the benefit in the power of positive thinking?

Tags:

Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Change: Creating Positive Change | Humour | Thought Tweets

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