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Don't shoot the messenger until you've at least had a chance to see the opportunity.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 11, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Too often we close our ears and our minds to those who express objections.

Too often we close our eyes and our minds to opportunities.

Discontent, regardless of how it is packaged, just may be the best vehicle for positive change.

Problems are both the beast and the beauty of business.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 7, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Remember...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

And beasts are also in the eye of the beholder.

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"A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it."

 George MacDonald, Scottish author, (1824-1905)

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When you solve a problem at your workplace check to see if the solution could help your clients...and suppliers.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 31, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

...and business allies.

Spread your solutions. Spread better and best practices.

Challenge your leadership team to understand what it means to be best-in-class or significantly better.

Be bold. Be confident your thinking is creating top-quality solutions.

Share your solutions and be open to feedback that helps you improve on your solutions and uncover opportunities.

Share your solutions with business peers...exchange ideas, exchange improvements, and exchange opportunities.

Check out our Clients' Clients Philosophy

 

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Clients' Clients Philosophy | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets

I didn't see the financial meltdown coming. I didn't see the economic recession coming. I do see some things now...

by Rick Baker
On Jan 30, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Having been through those challenges, and rethinking business, I have a better picture of what we need to do to protect our businesses. I know business leaders need to inject Maker-thinking into their business. And, they need to do more good-old-fashioned testing of ideas...that's the entrepreneur-proven route to innovation.

Canadian leaders need to stop avoiding people problems and come up with better ways to remedy them.

Canadian leaders need to start matching talents with tasks.

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

by Rick Baker
On Dec 14, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We cannot practice when we don't know the what and how of task-details: we cannot teach when we don't know the what and how of task-details.

But, do not expect your teachers will be masters of work performance: knowing the what/how of tasks and doing work at the master level are 2 different things.

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

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

People don't need 'empowerment' as much as they need 'un-entanglement'.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We often hear advice like, "You should empower your people, provide them autonomy, give them decision-making authority, and get them to take responsibility". 

That's not the right mindset. We should not see ourselves as agents who 'empower' people or 'give' people things like autonomy: we do not transfer energy or power from us to others.

People have, within them, all the energy and power they need. At best, we can help them understand their energy and power and ensure we do not block their efforts to use their energy and power.

We can help people by showing them how to 'un-entangle' the energy and power within them. One good way of doing this is leading by example.

[And, we should be clear about another thing: 'delegation of authority' is not 'empowerment'.]

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