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In general, people don't lack the desire to make changes. They lack the skill and habit.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 18, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"They lack the skill." When it comes to changeskill is a multi-edged sword

One sharp edge - the person who delivers the change-decision must deliver that decision with skill.

Another sharp edge - the person who receives the change-decision must receive that decision with skill

Another sharp edge - the people who implement the change-decision must perform the decision with skill

That's a lot of skill...that's the skill-work we must commit to if we want to make constructive change.

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Change: Creating Positive Change | Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

If you can convince yourself you are too busy then you too can make worse decisions.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 17, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

  1. It's all in the way you hold your mind.
  2. You do not have to take the time required to make good decisions. It is your prerogative to make lousy decisions and nobody can take that right away from you.
  3. There's probably no better way to make lousy decisions than holding in your mind the thoughts, "I am too busy" and "I don't have time".
  4. If you put your mind to it you will find your mind will warm to the habit of "I am too busy" and "I don't have time". And soon, very soon, you will be able to make really lousy decisions.

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Delegation & Decisions | I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

When you communicate, the processes you use influence people more than the logic you express.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 9, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

According to Chip Heath and Dan Heath ['Decisive', 2013] "When the researchers compared whether process or analysis was more important in producing good decisions - those that increased revenues, profits, and market share - they found that "process mattered more than analysis - by a factor of six.""

Good Decision Making relies on good decision-making processes.

Good Influencing relies on good influence-making processes.

And Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Processes, & Situations

About Decisions: as a general rule, avoid making them when you are stressed or pressed.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 8, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Only on rare occasions do we need to deliver decisions with urgency. For the vast majority of situations we can take time to de-stress or reduce negative feelings before we make decisions.

Given a little time for clear thought we can consider options, we can check our gut, and we can perform common-sense tests.

As the saying goes, "If it's worth doing it's worth doing right".

Note: this not intended as an argument against the value of intuition...sometimes gut reactions bring the best decisions. And - there is value in taking time to think about gut reactions...and learn from them.

 

In business – discussions are good, decisions are better, and delegated decisions are best.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 7, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Discussions help you determine whether or not you have good/talented/skilled people on your leadership team. Quality discussions allow you to help the people you work with....and vice-versa. 

Decisions set the paths to results, either failures or successes. Learning from failures is the route to better future decisions and top future effectiveness, success, & profit. 

Delegation of decision-making authority and accountability is the only way to grow a business. Delegation takes tasks to talents

Master discussion first, then decision-making, then the art of delegation.

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Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

You fool no one and annoy many when you set bars higher than you yourself can jump.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 9, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

To the full extent possible - do not delegate work you cannot do yourself.

At the very least, take utmost care if you find yourself delegating work you cannot do. 

Should you find yourself delegating work you cannot do yourself, do not make the mistake of being too critical of the performance of others. Be well aware of the limitation caused by your lack of ability to help them improve.

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