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When you make a fine argument...zip it, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 1, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First, learn about the extent of the fineness of your argument. I mean, bring your thick skin and thin skull...and keep your ego under full control.

Was your argument really as fine as you thought?

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Communication: Improving Communication | Thick Skin & Thin Skull | Thought Tweets

When there's no two ways about it, it isn't good conversation.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Well...that's an idiom wrapped up in an aphorism wrapped up in a bit of truism.

Regardless, closed minds don't tolerate others' ideas and undisciplined minds are always tied to ears that close and mouths that open.

 

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Keep your eyes & ears open: They may be able to preach what they cannot practice.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 2, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Do as I say, not as I do."  &  "Practice what you preach.

We use these sayings as justifications and criticisms when advice appears sanctimonious or disingenuous.

The first saying may be more annoying than helpful...just throwing gas on the fire. The second saying is a close-minded response to people who give us advice they, themselves, cannot follow.

While it would be wonderful if all the people who provide advice were masters of performance, we should not expect our teachers will be masters of performance: knowing how and doing well are 2 different things. For example, the maestro conductor does not have the combined performance abilities of all the master performers in the orchestra. Nonetheless, the maestro conductor has the ability to teach all the master performers.

Where are you coming from? & Where are you trying to go?

by Rick Baker
On Apr 19, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Do people have thick enough skin to ask these questions?

Do people have thick enough skin to answer them?

It seems to me...if people set aside assumptions and conclusions long enough to ask and answer these two questions communication would find itself in much better condition.

I'm annoyed by that cliché "skin in the game'" I want to hear more about skull in the game.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 3, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Let's forget about putting money in & getting that pound of flesh and set our sights a bit higher...that is, let's concentrate on kilograms of neurons packaged in open-minded skulls.

It is time we started to recognize the attributes delivered in the form of thick skin and thin skulls.

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When you make a fine argument...shut up, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First, learn about the extent of the fineness of your argument. I mean, bring your thick skin and thin skull...and keep your ego under full control.

Was your argument really as fine as you thought?

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