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Win-Win deals happen when Self-Confidence meets Self-Confidence.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 11, 2019

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It takes [courage-grounded] self-confidence to win & it takes consideration of others to create win-win. These are the building blocks for exchanging value in business.


Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

An interview or performance review question: How do you use your Talents to expand your ability to influence people?

by Rick Baker
On Aug 10, 2019

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The Gallup folks have defined 4 Talent Domains for leadership: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, & Strategic Thinking.

When we look at local leaders' Talent Themes we notice a lack of Influencing Talent Themes. A lack of Influencing talent & strength is widespread throughout businesses in our geography.

Understanding that, we need to help leaders improve their ability to Influence others.

A good starting point is understanding whether or not they understand the importance of Influence...and are taking steps to improve in the area of Influencing.

A good next step is providing Influencing-help in the form of specialized knowledge, situations/opportunities, and time to practice skills.

When you communicate, the processes you use influence people more than the logic you express.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 9, 2019

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According to Chip Heath and Dan Heath ['Decisive', 2013] "When the researchers compared whether process or analysis was more important in producing good decisions - those that increased revenues, profits, and market share - they found that "process mattered more than analysis - by a factor of six.""

Good Decision Making relies on good decision-making processes.

Good Influencing relies on good influence-making processes.

And Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Processes, & Situations

About Decisions: as a general rule, avoid making them when you are stressed or pressed.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 8, 2019

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Only on rare occasions do we need to deliver decisions with urgency. For the vast majority of situations we can take time to de-stress or reduce negative feelings before we make decisions.

Given a little time for clear thought we can consider options, we can check our gut, and we can perform common-sense tests.

As the saying goes, "If it's worth doing it's worth doing right".

Note: this not intended as an argument against the value of intuition...sometimes gut reactions bring the best decisions. And - there is value in taking time to think about gut reactions...and learn from them.


In business – discussions are good, decisions are better, and delegated decisions are best.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 7, 2019

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Discussions help you determine whether or not you have good/talented/skilled people on your leadership team. Quality discussions allow you to help the people you work with....and vice-versa. 

Decisions set the paths to results, either failures or successes. Learning from failures is the route to better future decisions and top future effectiveness, success, & profit. 

Delegation of decision-making authority and accountability is the only way to grow a business. Delegation takes tasks to talents

Master discussion first, then decision-making, then the art of delegation.


Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

Talent without discipline - good for hobbies, not so good for businesses.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 6, 2019

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Malcolm Gladwell [in his book, 'Outliers'] taught us, regardless of Talent, people need to spend at least 10,000 hours to become performing masters.

I think - if you are not paid to be a performing master then you are performing a hobby [not work].

I think - if you lack discipline then you won't even be good at hobbying.

And, I think - if you are not good at stuff then you do not enjoy it...and that's not a good way to spend your time.


STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

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