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Make things as simple as wisdom allows.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 30, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Simplicity, by definition, offers understanding: Obvious Adams showed us how.

Wisdom, by definition, offers greater understanding: Ockham provided a razor.

Seek Simple...and let Wisdom set your boundaries.


 

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Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Recipe for Complication: mix up some simple things, set basic courtesy on the back burner, & watch people get heated up.

by Rick Baker
On May 5, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When we do simple things right we pave smoother paths. When we are courteous or at least civil with others we pave smoother paths. When we do not do these things we should expect a rough road ahead.

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Humour | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets

The best solutions wear simple clothes.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Fancy clothes do not ensure value within.

The greater the need for fancy clothing for solutions the less the value within.

Some ancient wisdom....Ockham's Razor

 

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Seeking Simple! | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

When people are annoyed about setting goals, don't fight against the flow - help them make predictions.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 26, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people, perhaps many people, are annoyed by the pressure of setting goals. Many people, if not most people, love to learn about and make predictions. There is little to be gained by fighting against the flow. Rather than fighting against the flow, [at least to some degree] Leaders and managers can seek middle ground and help their people make predictions.

People love to make predictions...and People will embrace the predictions they make.

Examples of predictions people love to make and learn about:

  • bets on sports games
  • weather predictions, especially "Ground Hog Day"
  • stock market investments
  • Nostradamus predictions

Why not add business predictions to the list!

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Goals - SMARTACRE Goals | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets

It seems you can build a business on very complex things and on very simple things, but not in-between.

by Rick Baker
On May 6, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Simple things, especially those that touch the emotions, form the foundation of many successful businesses - from your favourite local diner and your favourite hair stylist to pet rocks and dog groomers. 

Complex things amaze us, especially those of us who are early adopters. Say no more than 'new Apple product'. Or, consider the impact new special effects have on the movies and the entertainment sector.

Einstein: Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

 

 

 

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets

Seek the upside in ordinary tasks: seeking simple work and doing it well; knowing its link to positive outcomes.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 26, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

As the old saying goes, "There is satisfaction in a job well done."

There is more satisfaction when:

1.     You know the work, even if it is the most-simple of tasks, is a step toward a positive outcome and

2.     You do the work well.

Some people know this.

Others have to learn this.

Some have to teach this.

Leaders illustrate this by example: Mahatma Gandhi took pride in simplicity and the practice of walking; Napoleon Bonaparte took pride in the science and the practice of aiming cannons. 

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Hero Worship | Leaders' Thoughts | Seeking Simple! | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

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