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Influencing Powerful People - #5

by Rick Baker
On Feb 24, 2019

For a month now, I have been writing short thought posts sharing quotes from Dirk Schlimm, who will be CFFB's special guest and keynote speaker on April 26th.

This week's quote from Dirk's book:

“And the fact is that powerful people are often desirous and capable of a large spectrum of contribution; they are not just a “genius”, but a genius universalis.”

So, the powerful people Dirk is talking about are universal geniuses...geniuses with broad and deep capabilities.

Over the years, I have written about such people. Here are a couple of examples, which shed light on the value we will obtain when we understand the wisdom Dirk will share with us on April 26th: 

  • When we see these gifted entrepreneurs/powerful people in action, we have choices on how we interact with them. For example, we can accept their unique strengths and choose to help them. Or, we can criticize their shortcomings and choose to undermine their efforts and even fight them. I favour understanding powerful people's strengths and complementing their strengths with our strengths. To accomplish this, we must control the 'littlenesses in our natures'. Here's a thought post with more details - 'Controlling the common littlenesses of human nature'.
As we spend time thinking about how we can achieve our goals while working with powerful people, we find ourselves drawn into the territory of heroes.

Now, that is energized territory!

About Influencing Powerful People - #3

by Rick Baker
On Feb 10, 2019

Talking About Influencing Powerful People - here's another Dirk Schlimm quote:

“What makes these geniuses so powerful is not ground-level expertise or vision. It is the fact that they have both; they are equally capable of and comfortable with micromanaging and dreaming up a large-scale, big-picture vision.”

Entrepreneurs have an innate talent: moving back and forth between narrow and wide focus...identifying opportunities and digging deeply..

by Rick Baker
On Sep 6, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I have talked with many successful entrepreneurs who possess this innate talent. Many of these talented entrepreneurs work in our Waterloo area. This innate 'focus-talent' provides them the ability to see problems & opportunities before others see them.

Because of their innate Focus BrainSmart, it is accurate to say these entrepreneurs see things that are invisible to most people. 

They see problems before others see them. Sometimes this is interpreted as pessimism. It isn't pessimism. It's better-than-most vision.

These entrepreneurs also see opportunities before others see them. Sometimes this is seen as maverick. If it is maverick then maverick is a really good thing because it opens the doors for innovation and insight...and injection of value for clients.

When this valuable talent is not recognized by employers...well, that's a common cause of successful entrepreneurial start-ups.

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Entrepreneur Thinking | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Sooner or later, entrepreneurship beats egos down to a successful size.

by Rick Baker
On May 25, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

To succeed for any extended period, an entrepreneur must have a balanced ego. When an entrepreneur's ego gets out of control, sooner or later, problems begin to arrive in waves. Like water on rough stones, repeated waves of problems take the cutting edge off of an entrepreneur's ego...offering the entrepreneur the opportunity to become a business leader.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Entrepreneur Thinking | Thought Tweets

Generating Business Value

by Rick Baker
On May 9, 2017

A business owner drives business value by understanding self and understanding others, exercising self-control and influencing others to do the same, focusing on talents and strengths, planning the work and working the plan, making errors and learning from those errors, achieving small successes and converting them into larger successes, communicating in magnetic ways, and by continuously driving to deliver value to other people.

Understanding self and understanding others is important because it is the ‘grounding’ that helps the business owner gain other people’s respect and allows the owner to have self-motivated followers. We cannot motivate other people. However, we can demotivate other people. People who do not understand self and understand others inevitably, through ignorance, do things that demotivate other people. There is much more to be gained, however, reducing the likelihood of demotivating other people is, alone, a sufficient reason to understanding self and others.

Exercising self-control and influencing others to do the same is important because people react poorly to people who illustrate a lack of self-control. Sometimes, people are frustrated and demotivated by others’ lack of self-control. Other times, they are annoyed and angered. Either way, flight or fight, people do not do what bosses want them to do when bosses show them a lack of self-control. A business owner will not be able to influence behaviour in a constructive way if he or she lacks self-control.

Focusing on talents and strengths is important because everyone has talents and strengths and everyone has lack of talent and weakness in other areas. The greater the talents and strengths in one area the greater the lack of talent and weakness in other areas. Business owners succeed when they obtain the help of talented, strong performers. They have greater success when they put energy to best use by allowing people to unleash performance with their strengths. They have even greater success when they don’t waste energy forcing people to perform against their weaknesses.

Planning the work and working the plan is important because it allows the business owner to illustrate cause and effect. Repeated cycles of cause-and-effect confirm the repeatability of the work done at the business. The greater the repeatability the greater the value in the business. Also, the greater the repeatability the greater the scalability…the simpler the training…etc. One Hit Wonders do not have much resale value. Businesses that can illustrate a successful, sustained track record do.

Making errors and learning from those errors is important because (1) making errors proves you are innovative and (2) learning from your errors proves you are open-minded and change-tolerant. School of Hard Knocks education is of great value. Innovation is fundamental to surviving and thriving. Adaptation is the route to sustainability.

Achieving small successes and converting them into larger successes is important because it proves an understanding of leverage and the ability to take advantage of leverage. At Spirited Leaders, we have a philosophy – task-multiing is better than multi-taskingTask-multiing is all about leverage, scalability, institutionalizing, efficiency and effectiveness…all excellent value-injection processes.

Communicating in magnetic ways is important because poor communication wastes and negates energy by distracting people from the business’s goals while magnetic communication injects a booster shot of energy and solidifies self-motivation. Magnetic communication engages and empowers. Magnetic communication is simple, clear, and laced with energy and enthusiasm…forward-driving enthusiasm. Magnetic communication is the key to the right business culture.

Continuously driving to deliver value to other people is important because it energizes people by providing quality shareholder experiences, quality employment experiences, quality purchasing and payment experiences, quality sales and collection experiences and all of these quality experiences are taken home to families at the end of the workday. Quality experiences spread. Quality experiences are contagious.

All of these things build value into business. The value exists in the people who perform the work and in the processes that help people perform the work.

 

 

First posted December 2, 2013

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Entrepreneur Thinking | Values: Personal Values

While You Can Teach About Entrepreneurship, You Cannot Create Entrepreneurs

by Rick Baker
On Jan 16, 2017

Five years ago I wrote:

3 forces drive entrepreneurs:

  1. Entrepreneurs have this burning feeling inside them…a Need To Achieve something. I describe it as ‘a wanting’.
  2. Entrepreneurs have a desire to create and Build Things Of Value.
  3. Entrepreneurs have a need to Be Recognized As Different – a different type of contributor.

These are defining internal forces driving An Entrepreneur.

In addition, An Entrepreneur is a business leader who:

  1. Recognizes, uses, & develops People Strengths…first in self and then in others,
  2. Clicks with other People [has self-control & a pleasing-enough personality], and
  3. Is ready, willing, and able to lead change…first in self and then in others.

These are the defining characteristics of – the key Personal Strengths of - An Entrepreneur.

These 3 forces coupled with these 3 characteristics form Spirited Leaders’ definition of An Entrepreneur.

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When we work to help entrepreneurs by educating them we need to remember they are a different breed of cat. Their stripes are similar to those of the fine artists…but they are not the same, nor should they be expected to respond to the same education. Their stripes are similar to those of the inventor…but they are not the same, nor should they be expected to respond to the same education. Their stripes are similar to those of the blue-chip business leaders…but they are not the same, nor should they be expected to respond to the same education.

When teaching about entrepreneurship...

Remember: you must always be thinking about a fascinating blend of Fine Arts & Science & Business

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And, of course, you need to observe carefully to make sure the 3 driving forces are present because little of value happens when the furnace is stoked while the fire ain't burnin'.
 

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Entrepreneur Thinking

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