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Thought Tweet #987

by Rick Baker
On Apr 29, 2014

Thought Tweet #987 "Men trust their ears less than their eyes." It took 2400 years for psychologists to confirm this ancient wisdom.

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Men trust their ears less than their eyes."


Greek Historian, 484BCE-425BCE

Now, 2400 years after Herodotus, psychologists are completing experiments that confirm Herodotus' ancient wisdom...our eyes overrule our ears...truly, we do believe what our eyes see them do more than what our ears hear them say. This applies to their major actions and to their minor body-language signals.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

by Rick Baker
On Apr 4, 2014

Chinese Proverb: The palest ink is better than the strongest memory.

So we must repeat, repeat, repeat. 

Many people get annoyed when other people forget this or that.

I smile and remind myself to repeat, repeat, repeat.

Actually - I use an autosuggestion [self-talk] process of repeating to myself the message "I must repeat my messages to others". In this way I am certainly practising what I am preaching.


Tip: If you want to reduce your stress levels then focus your attention on how you feel when you find yourself in a situation where someone did not follow your instruction or, in some other way, didn't receive the message you were trying to send. If you feel annoyed by other people's failure to get your message or failure to remember your message or failure to act on your message then - replace your annoyance with a healthy dose of repetition. And, while you do the repetition test your pulse regularly to make sure you are not feeling annoyed.

Plan as you would for any important task.

Set strategies and tactics for repeating, repeating, repeating.

Then go about repeating your messages calmly and clearly and:

  • watch how repetition helps improve other people's ability to remember and take action,
  • watch how repetition improves results...the results you desire,
  • watch how repetition reduces your stress level, and
  • watch how repetition improves your attitude.

On Influence

by Rick Baker
On Mar 24, 2014

Influence is the magical part of leadership.

Influence is the magic that allows leaders to convert Vision and Desire into amazing actions and thrilling accomplishments.

So...How does one positively Influence others along the road to success?

Q: Does one need to be Intelligent?

A: Yes.

Q: Does one need to master Self-Control?

A: Yes

Q: Does one have to have Integrity?

A: Yes...if the success is to be constructive and sustained.

Q: Does one have to know People, Processes, & Situations?

A: Yes.

Q: Any other things?

A: Yes...here's 5...and here's 5 more...and here's another 5...and there's more.


What do the wise have to say about Influence? 

My favourite inspirational educator, Napoleon Hill said...

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."

One of my heroes, Napoleon Bonaparte, said...

"The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need."

Dale Carnegie, who wrote the book on how to win friends and influence people, said...

“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” 

Clint Eastwood, a widely respected Hollywood icon, said...

"It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives."

And an unknown author said...

"Influence may be the highest level of human skills."


If you want to be a great leader, or a good leader, or even a leader who accomplishes a few meaningful things...it's tough to argue that last point.

PS: Sustained positive Influence is the cause that leads to trust.


Thought Tweet #960

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2014

Thought Tweet #960 The great teachers didn't dwell on stress. They focused on the human virtues.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

'Stressed' is a modern mindset.

Stressed: don't forget it's just a reverse palindrome for desserts.


Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Bringing Process to People & Bringing People to Process - Part 1

by Rick Baker
On Jan 14, 2014

Process - What does that mean?

Processes are sequences of tasks, performed by People or machines.

The sequences of tasks can be simple. For example, a Process might have 4 task-steps which are performed in series...in a defined chronological order...the next task starts after the current task is completed. Think of making cookies from a box of pre-mixed ingredients: that's a simple Process.

The sequences of tasks can also be complicated or complex. For example, sending a man to the moon and back involves numerous task-steps sometimes happening in simple sequences, sometimes happening simultaneously [co-existing], and sometimes causing real-time adjustments to other tasks [interactive co-existence].

Processes can be easy or most-challenging.

Processes happen in either planned or unplanned ways.

And, Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Process, & Situations.

People - What do they mean?

Now, isn't that a loaded question?


On the one hand, People are easy to define: they are folks just like you and me. 

On the other hand, each of us is unique.

While certain Processes are easy to define using words like simple, complicated, and complex, it is dangerous to assume such descriptions or definitions can be used with reliability when the topic is People. The word 'assume' was underlined to highlight the difference between assume and conclude.

With that done...

While certain Processes are easy to define using words like simple, complicated, and complex, it can be very helpful to conclude such descriptions or definitions can be used with reliability when the topic is People.

However, before concluding things about other People it is essential to know:

  1. WHY it is wrong to assume but often helpful to conclude,
  2. WHY you must conclude if you are to be successful at influencing people, &
  3. HOW to go about assessing whether or not concluding fits the specific person and situation.
All of this is around the essence of Bringing Process to People & Bringing People to Process.

You've heard the saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."

That's a piece of wisdom, which has survived the test of time.
How about - 

Success with horses has a lot to do with how you lead them to the water!

...to be cont'd

Thought Tweet #892

by Rick Baker
On Dec 17, 2013

Thought Tweet #892 Machiavelli taught: What you acquire with difficulty you retain with ease...and vice-versa.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

So, in the big picture, struggle is a good and necessary thing. Struggle, in its very nature, contains obstacles and problems. 

It is true - opportunity does ride on the wings of adversity.

So, sustainability too rides on the wings of adversity. 


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