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"Man was born into fear in that he was born into a world of which most of the energies were set against him."

by Rick Baker
On Oct 28, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An interesting quote from [Canadian-born] Basil King's 'The Conquest of Fear', (1921) Yes - most of the energies we experience are set against us…but, fortunately, (1) not the most-important one & (2) we have managed to partially-harness some of those set-against-us energies and put them to good use [as examples: fire & heat, electricity & magnetism, wind and solar energy].

How do you psych yourself up for that really important sales call? Special clothes? Self-talk? Loud music?

by Rick Baker
On Oct 27, 2018

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

The sales gurus have lots of ideas. But, never mind that for now. This Sales Tweet is about self-analysis. What do you do to psych yourself up when lots of chips are on the buyer-seller table? Think about each thing you do and when you do it. Think about the details of these things. Get a piece of paper and write down at least 3 things. Think about - WHY?

It's tough to enjoy the humour at your office when it all happens behind your back.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The missed-joys of bad-boss oblivion, when ignorance creates behind-the-back bliss. 

What you don't know can be damned funny. 

What you don't know won't hurt you...well, at least not directly.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Humour | Thought Tweets

Emotions wrap themselves tightly around thoughts about pain of loss...squeezing logic out.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 25, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The emotions around loss weigh in heavier than the emotions around gain. Psychologists' experiments confirm we place much higher value on avoiding the pain of loss than we place on obtaining the pleasure of gain.

This defies logic.

But - let's not forget - logic-defiance is the territory of emotions.  

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Strong leaders excel at using their talents, knowledge, and skills. Strong Leaders influence others to do that same thing.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 24, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Strength = Innate Talent [as signalled by STRENGTHSFINDER Top 5 Talent Themes] + Opportunity [which leaders are obligated to provide to self and others] + Specialized Knowledge [of the details of the plan and the work processes…and about the people and the situations the people face] + Practised Skills [as Malcolm Gladwell teaches, think in terms of at least 10,000 hours to master the tasks that make up a business role]

Influence = the essence of Leadership


 

2 types of people succeed in business: (1) those who naturally 'get it' and (2) those who observe well & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 23, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There are only 2 types of people who experience meaningful success in business:

  1. Those few, the intuitive, who somehow naturally 'get it' and 'seek & solve' their way for as long as it takes to obtain success. 
  2. Those few who observe and attend to mentors [who are willing to help them], emulate heroes' best qualities and sooner or later, after much work, 'get it'. 

In business, no other types of people achieve meaningful success.

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