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Talk so people listen...listen so people talk.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 13, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

'How To Talk So People Listen', that's the title of a book written by Sonya Hamlin in 2006.

How To Listen So People Talk...well, that's in the territory of the art of asking good questions

An interview or performance review question: How do you use your Talents to expand your ability to influence people?

by Rick Baker
On Aug 10, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The Gallup folks have defined 4 Talent Domains for leadership: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, & Strategic Thinking.

When we look at local leaders' Talent Themes we notice a lack of Influencing Talent Themes. A lack of Influencing talent & strength is widespread throughout businesses in our geography.

Understanding that, we need to help leaders improve their ability to Influence others.

A good starting point is understanding whether or not they understand the importance of Influence...and are taking steps to improve in the area of Influencing.

A good next step is providing Influencing-help in the form of specialized knowledge, situations/opportunities, and time to practice skills.

Battles require people; people require battles.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 13, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We all have heard it takes two to tango. Tango requires people...two. Battles require people...at least one.

Battles are a fact of human nature.

The questions are:

  • Do you back into battles or do you pick them well? 
  • Do you put logic to work before you select your battles? 
  • Are you really just battling yourself, for example - masking your prior errors?
  • Does self-controlhelp you determine your battles and how you fight them? 
  • Do the battles you choose align with your strengths? 

Choose your battles well; choose the battles that align with your Talents & Strengths.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 12, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Battles require people; people require battles.

We all have heard it takes two to tango. Tango requires people...two. Battles require people...at least one.

Battles are a fact of human nature.

The questions are:

  • Do you back into battles or do you pick them well? 
  • Is logic in action when you select your battles? 
  • Does self-control determine your battles and how you fight them? 
  • Do your battles align with your talents & strengths? 

When you observe the How, the Why either resonates and amplifies the peaks or dis-harmonizes and diminishes the peaks.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 10, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

First, it is essential to do a good job of observing in order to properly perceive the How. 

Then, with the How understood, the Why has an opportunity to become fully clear. 

Finally, take time to understand why the Why either resonates or dis-harmonizes. This is the route to understanding whether Values are in sync or whether Values are likely to create interpersonal challenges and Culture problems. 

(I mean - Culture problems within your business, your family, or your community.)

There is no set reality; reality is but what we make of it, nothing more, nothing less, unless we ask for another's view.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 4, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Along the lines of 'perception is reality' and 'don't assume, ask questions'...and much more.

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