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

by Rick Baker
On Jun 10, 2018

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.

Talent without discipline - good for hobbies, not good for businesses.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 6, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Malcolm Gladwell [in his book, 'Outliers'] taught us, regardless of Talent, people need to spend at least 10,000 hours to become performing masters.

I think - if you are not paid to be a performing master then you are performing a hobby [not work].

I think - if you lack discipline then you won't even be good at hobbying.

And, I think - if you are not good at stuff then you do not enjoy it...and that's not a good way to spend your time.


STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

A true Sense of Urgency: that's doing things promptly when you know the right things to do and you know how to do them well.

by Rick Baker
On May 23, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anything shy of this isn't a true sense of urgency.

Anything shy of this is guesswork, bad planning, or fighting phantom fires.

Anything shy of this is pretty much guaranteed to annoy everyone you drag into your situations.

Some people become problem magnets...attracting a never-ending series of similar problems.

by Rick Baker
On May 18, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Many of us don't see the problems coming let alone see we are the specialists who create them.

For some people - problems get totally out of control...arriving one after another...time after time after time.

Some people cannot get out of their 'problem ruts'. They need help. They need the benefits found in other people's talents & strengths.



Everyone wants to use personal strengths to create value and observe others confirming appreciation of that value.

by Rick Baker
On May 8, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Now, I suppose a few people do their best work and have no expectation that it will be appreciated by others. If those people do exist then they are extremely rare indeed. 

Most people have egos and egos have needs. Egos are the essence of needs and needs are the essence of egos. And, needs have internal and external implications.

more thoughts on this topic


STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Perfectionists show us how natural talents can create bad habits that out-muscle willpower.

by Rick Baker
On May 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Attention to Detail is a valuable leadership tool...unless it takes over its owner.

Too much of a Good Habit = a Bad Habit.

And, that's how the Devil lurks in the Details.

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