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Self-knowledge is the often-overlooked success ingredient.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 12, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

People who have a thorough understanding of themselves do better as business leaders. They understand their strengths and weaknesses; they understand their desires and goals; they understand their internal drivers and their behaviour; they understand their attitude toward and their reactions to situations and other people

Talent can get lost...even young Mozart was too busy playing notes to focus his mind on quality music.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 1, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Apparently, even the greatest, including the child-prodigy composers, could get all wrapped up in their instruments and their talents at the expense of gaining the specialized knowledge required to excel. [Fortunately, they had mentors.]

Strengths = Talent + Opportunity +Specialized Knowledge + Practised Skills.

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Self-discipline brings out the value embedded in talent.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 24, 2018

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

by Rick Baker
On Nov 5, 2018

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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You cannot force a round talent into a square task.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 2, 2018

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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Strong leaders excel at using their talents, knowledge, and skills. Strong Leaders influence others to do that same thing.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 24, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Strength = Innate Talent [as signalled by STRENGTHSFINDER Top 5 Talent Themes] + Opportunity [which leaders are obligated to provide to self and others] + Specialized Knowledge [of the details of the plan and the work processes…and about the people and the situations the people face] + Practised Skills [as Malcolm Gladwell teaches, think in terms of at least 10,000 hours to master the tasks that make up a business role]

Influence = the essence of Leadership


 

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