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Errors only become limitations when we choose to give them that power,

by Rick Baker
On Apr 14, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We cannot practice what we don't know how: we cannot teach what we don't know how.

But, do not expect your teachers will be masters: knowing how and doing are 2 different things.

Mastery of task is rare; even the most skilled make errors; errors define near-term limits, however, the limits do not have to be long-term limiting.

Errors only become long-term limiting when we choose to give them that power.

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

Leaders do best when it is clear they have sacred rules, which we call “The Master Rules”.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 11, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Master Rules: these are rules set by the Leader and well-communicated by the Leader to all followers.

The Master Rules must not be bent. And, if they are broken then the consequences are clear and enforced. The Master Rules must capture the essence of the Leader’s Personal Values, mesh with the Leader’s Strengths, and serve as clear directions towards the Leader's Vivid Vision.

 

Personal strengths, desire to achieve, & attitude: 3 key things you can develop.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 8, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Lou Holtz, the famed Notre Dame football coach, said something like: "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

What is Ability? The key to ability is Personal Strengths and Personal Strengths = Natural Talents + Pertinent Knowledge + Skill development through practice. [link to Strengths]

What is Motivation? Motivation is an internal driver that makes you want to understand the [external] world and exert your influence on it. [link to Will to Power]

What is Attitude? Positive Mental Attitude exists when your mind is able to guide and focus your thoughts and actions toward your desired ends/goals. [link to Attitude]

Self-Improvement happens when talent-laden mind-sets come to the aid of skill-sets.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 28, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people embrace life-long learning. Those people become the best leaders. They tend to understand their talents & strengths. They tend to apply their brainpower to focused work-tasks. That allows them to build skill-sets and master work-tasks. They take talent to task. They bolster that talent with knowledge, thinking, and practised-skills.

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STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Many Business Leaders Struggle With Meshing Work

by Rick Baker
On Mar 23, 2017


In his audio-book 'Die Empty' (2013), Todd Henry talks about 3 types of work and 4 types of people.

I find his concept useful as a Seek Simple tool. 

This concept provides a new perspective on Spirited Leaders' philosophy: Business Contains Only 3 Things - People, Processes, & Situations.

According to Todd:

  • Mapping includes work such as strategic planning
  • Making includes the work of delivering products and services, creating value
  • Meshing includes self-development work and work Spirited Leaders define as borrowing brilliance [putting curiosity to work]
and Todd sees 4 'productivity profiles'...
  • Developers are people who engage in all three types of work
  • Drivers are people who do Mapping and Making work but no Meshing work
  • Drifters are people who do Making and Meshing but no Mapping work
  • Dreamers are people who do Mapping and Meshing work but no Making work
Here's a Spirited Leaders' conclusion, based on observing hundreds of local business leaders: many business leaders struggle with Meshing work. And, coupled with this, many business leaders fail to understand the importance of Meshing work so not only do they not do it themselves but they also fail to inspire their followers to do it. As a result, many business people fail to grow to the point where they are able to put their talents to full use. Also, without the benefit of Meshing work many business people struggle with handling change let alone leading change. These people-process shortfalls explain why many businesses cannot keep up with their competition.

...and that's an argument in favour of life-long learning.

Character reigns supreme

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2017

I heard today that assessments aimed at finding high-calibre personnel are no longer considering intelligence and talent but are now concentrating all attention on character.

While I expect this is an exaggeration of the current state of recruiting practices, I think it is wrong to underestimate the value of intelligence and talent. And, I believe the use of character assessment alone is a very troubling way to go about determining people’s wherewithal.  

Intelligence, Talents & Character: it seems to me all three of these things are critical to success. I can't imagine any meaningful achievement that does not contain portions of all of these attributes.  

Intelligence is multifaceted and can work in mysterious ways.  Regardless, it's hard to imagine anything being built without a significant level of intelligence. Intelligence correlates the success…in all endeavours.

Talents are the fundamental pieces required for mastery of task and the construction of all meaningful things. When people use their talents at work they take steps to fulfill their ultimate potential. The more they use their talents the greater their opportunity to succeed.

Character is the overriding quality that inspires thought, promotes trust, and influences action. Character is a construct of personal values, personal rules & morals, and a number of other facets, including self-control and power of will. Character is about authenticity and trueness, consistency and doing the right things. 

Clearly, character is an essential ingredient. It is easy to accept that character is the key ingredient. But, that should not confuse the facts around the importance of intelligence and talent

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