Rick Baker Thought Posts
Left Menu Space Holder

About the author

Name of author Rick Baker, P.Eng.

E-mail me Send mail
Follow me LinkedIn Twitter

Search

Calendar

<<  June 2019  >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567

View posts in large calendar

Recent Comments

Comment RSS

When Leaders tell followers what to do they need to limit that telling to BIG PICTURE things.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 16, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet

Some think Leaders should provide followers latitude to do their work as they choose. Some think that’s the way to breed creativity and maximize motivation, innovation, and results. Meanwhile, many [perhaps most] entrepreneur-Leaders tend to micro-manage. 4 keys to success in business:

  1. The Leader must pick strong/capable followers, 
  2. The Leader must tell those followers the desired BIG PICTURE things such as VALUES, VISION, MASTER RULES, and MAJOR GOALS
  3. The Leader must show those followers how he/she [the Leader] goes about his/her work [actions]…i.e., setting one example, the example that fits the Leader’s strengths and personality, and 
  4. the Leader must make it clear he/she expects followers to take action that fits their unique strengths and personalities.

When there's no two ways about it, it isn't good conversation.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Well...that's an idiom wrapped up in an aphorism wrapped up in a bit of truism.

Regardless, closed minds don't tolerate others' ideas and undisciplined minds are always tied to ears that close and mouths that open.

 

Tags:

Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thick Skin & Thin Skull | Thought Tweets

Be comfortable allowing what people do to overrule what they say.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 10, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Confucius said, "There was a time when I merely listened attentively to what people said, and took for granted that they would carry out their words. Now I am obliged not only to give ear to what they say, but also to keep an eye on what they do."

Believe what they do, not what they say...remember you are biased...and don't gauge them too harshly...after all, they are only human.

 

It seems - providing advice on how to succeed is nowhere near as difficult as helping people succeed.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 7, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Most people have lots of advice [opinions, suggestions, criticisms, commands, etc.] to share with others.

Few people edit/tailor their communications to actually help others. 

***

For decades, sales people have been taught: "Sell, Don't Tell".

That sales education aligns with this Thought Tweet. In sales, people are taught to give consideration to the other party's needs. 

***

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

John Quincy Adams

In business, the best relationships are built when pleasant personalities exchange interesting ideas.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 4, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

And, of course, the ideas contain value and there's following through on commitments.

Link to Thought Tweet #278

Tags:

Communication: Improving Communication | Marketing | Sales | Thought Tweets

Keep your eyes & ears open: They may be able to preach what they cannot practice.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 2, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Do as I say, not as I do."  &  "Practice what you preach.

We use these sayings as justifications and criticisms when advice appears sanctimonious or disingenuous.

The first saying may be more annoying than helpful...just throwing gas on the fire. The second saying is a close-minded response to people who give us advice they, themselves, cannot follow.

While it would be wonderful if all the people who provide advice were masters of performance, we should not expect our teachers will be masters of performance: knowing how and doing well are 2 different things. For example, the maestro conductor does not have the combined performance abilities of all the master performers in the orchestra. Nonetheless, the maestro conductor has the ability to teach all the master performers.

490 Dutton Drive - Suite C6 - Waterloo ON N2L 6H7 - phone 519-886-6522 - fax 519-886-8795
Copyright © 2012. W.F.C (Rick) Baker. All Rights Reserved.