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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?

Yes...intentionally.

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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Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Thought Tweet #883

by Rick Baker
On Dec 4, 2013

Thought Tweet #883 "You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want."  Zig Ziglar

 

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I rarely tweet other people's quotes. In an effort to make sure I do not annoy people by regurgitating, I save these quote-sharing tweets for true pieces of wisdom. 

When I think of common sense I think of Zig Ziglar.

Would you rather give something to a person who:

(A) Has given something you wanted to you? or

(B) Has not given to you something you wanted?

All else being equal, any normal human being would pick (A).

And - when it comes to giving and getting things we want wouldn't you agree, as a general rule, more is better?

This is not a moral judgement.

It is human nature and it is common sense.

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Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Thought Tweet #866

by Rick Baker
On Nov 11, 2013

Thought Tweet #866 The only reason you are not a donkey is that your mother and father were not donkeys.

 

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

  1. "The only reason you are not a rattlesnake is that your mother and father were not rattlesnakes." Dale Carnegie, 'How to Win Friends and Influence People', (1939 - Toronto publication)
  2. Don't judge too harshly. Don't judge too quickly. Don't judge.
  3. ...in search of political correctness...Sure hope no donkeys are reading this.

Thought Tweet #863.5

by Rick Baker
On Nov 6, 2013

Thought Tweet #863.5 A person who chases two rabbits is too busy to catch either.

 

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Playing with the ancient wisdom of Confucius...“He who chases two rabbits, captures neither.”

You don't have to chase two rabbits to be too busy. [There's plenty of other ways to multi-task your way to too busy.]

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Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time | I'm too busy! - I don't have time!

Think in new/old/best ways!

by Rick Baker
On Oct 31, 2013

 

 

Many months ago I attached a Post It Note to my computer monitor. The note read, "Think in new ways!"

I wanted to remind myself to be open minded and creative. 

Some time later, while tagging a Thought Post with 'Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time' I felt the need to cross out the word "new" and replace it with the word "old". 

I wanted to remind myself there's much value embedded in the wisdom of the ages and there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

Some time later, the Post It Note was crying out for more...like it was struggling between the "new" and the "old".

I quieted it by crossing out the word "old" and replacing it with the word "best".

 

Now, I am reminded regularly, throughout every work day, to 

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Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

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