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Learning from practice makes perfect - Learning is the essence of mastery.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 26, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's an old saying, "Practice makes perfect".

There's a newer saying, "Perfect practice makes perfect".

And I say, "Learning from practice makes perfect".

STRENGTH at task = mastery of task = perfect performance of task.

STRENGTH = Innate Talent + Opportunity + Specialized Knowledge + Practised Skill...and the practice is required because few get it perfect without practicing.

During practice, people err. As they err, smart people learn and make adjustments so their skills improve. With many errors under their belts, persistent people learn how to master tasks.

"Learning from practice makes perfect."

Learning is the essence of perfection & mastery.

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Don't muddle through the same old problems. Engage Talents and address new, more-lucrative problems.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 5, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people muddle thought the same old business problems - day after day. [Often, 'people problems'.] These people experience stress and confusion but not success.

Some people learn how to solve the basic problems. And, these people graduate to bigger and better problems...and success.

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Solutions & Opportunities | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

You cannot force a round talent into a square task.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." 

Mark Twain

And...

Too often we focus on roles as if they are a singular or homogeneous thing. We do better when we treat roles as a package of different tasks, some stand-alone tasks, some interpersonal tasks. People succeed in roles when their talents and strengths mesh with the tasks in the roles. [and, of course, the people have an achievement-oriented attitude]

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Self-discipline brings out the value embedded in talent.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 24, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

When discipline is absent Talent is dormant, submerged, and wasted.

That's why discipline is a good thing.

Discipline serves a key role when success is in action.

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Often, people don't do stuff because they don't know How...they may have the Talent but haven't built the Skill.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Often, it can be that straightforward. People simply do not know How. Perhaps, they have been told and shown...but the still don't know How. Perhaps, they have read the manual but they don't know How. There could be any number of reasons. The really important thing is - they don't know How.

When people don't know How a display of emotion is the last thing they need.

When people don't know How it is time to consider Talents and whether or not tasks can be mastered and Strengths can be built.

 

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The Value of putting individual’s Talents & Strengths to work [at work]

by Rick Baker
On Aug 2, 2020

Overall, the value of strengths-based business can be summed up in terms of increased engagement and improved motivation, which leads to increased profit.

 

Here’s the logic…and the related emotional connections:

1.    People are interested in understanding their natural talents…we see this in their faces and we hear it in their stories when we sit with them to discuss their Top 5 Talent Themes.

2.    People want to use their natural talents…again, starting with our first 1-on-1 meeting, we observe enthusiasm when people talk about their talents; we also observe frustration when they talk about their work-failures and work-troubles.  

3.    Work-tasks can be tweaked to align better with a person's natural talents…this concept catches people’s attention; everyone we have interviewed wants to give this a try [many have doubts and want to see proof, however, all are prepared to give it a try].  

4.    When work-tasks are tweaked to align with individuals’ natural talents the individuals perform better – improved effectiveness…when people know they are being more effective they gain self-confidence – as self-confidence rises people are more comfortable with work and with ‘change’.

5.    When individuals know their organization is building a strengths-based business they – especially, the most-talented individuals -  create efficiencies, leading by example:

 ·        measureable efficiencies, such as lower staff turnover rates, and

·        common-sense efficiencies such as less time wasted complaining.

 …leading performers tend to have strong personalities, which reflect their character – the visible result of their innate talents, values, and desires; leading performers become fully engaged when they know their strengths are recognized.

6.    When individuals know their organization is building a strengths-based business they help the organization create a culture of self-motivationwhen individuals’ talents are put to use they find it much easier to bring a smile to work – each smile is a reflection of confidence backed by natural talents.

 

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     Natural Talent

+     Opportunity

+     Knowledge

Practised Skills

  STRENGTHS              

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