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Developing your positive mental attitude

by Rick Baker
On Sep 22, 2014

Above and beyond everything else, Courage is the mind state that promotes positive mental attitude.

Like every other mind state, with focused and persistent effort, Courage can be developed.

Courage is about facing fears and acting against them. So, courage is a mind state laced with emotion. It is a mind state where fear is converted into something more positive and constructive. Often, courage is developed accidentally. For example, this happens when a person acts impulsively in reaction to a dangerous or fearful situation.

Of importance, with forethought, deeply rooted courage can be developed intentionally over time through planned action steps.

People know what causes them fear. People can anticipate most of the situations that cause them fear. People can anticipate the actions of other people that trigger experiences of fear. For example, in business, people can anticipate the actions of bosses and know whether or not those actions cause feelings of fear.

Because we have this ability to anticipate we also have the ability to plan ways to counteract these fearful situations before they visit us.

In essence, we can role-play fearful situations in our minds long before those fearful situations happen in reality. While we role-play these fearful situations in our minds we can role-play various reactions to those fearful situations and, in effect, we can train ourselves in advance on the best ways to react to fearful situations. Then, after fearful situations arise and we face them and take pre-planned actions, we can perform self-analyses to assess, rate, adjust, and improve our performance. We can perform iterative processes of planning and testing actions designed to combat fears and build courage. We can repeat these processes until we attain the level of courage we desire.

The more fearful situations we anticipate and plan for the more opportunities we will have to test different actions and observe results…the goal being fear management and its counterpart, development of courage. This process helps us master our fears, build courage, and build self-confidence. This process itself is a process of courage. It is the best way to build self-confidence, that state of mind where we know we have the ability to address and handle situations when they arise.

Courage and self-confidence are the states of mind most conducive to allowing us to build positive mental attitudes toward other people and situations and indeed toward ourselves.

Multi-tasking: Somehow, successful people 'get it'...naturally. Others require much self-discipline & practice.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 6, 2014

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

‘Tools’ are required. 'Atmosphere' is required. 'Support' is required. 'Mentoring' is ideal. And, there is more...

In any event, task-multiing is better than multi-tasking.


Business Contains Only 3 Things | Thought Tweets

Success contains a blend of 'free' & 'disciplined' thinking.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 5, 2014

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Creativity versus LogicEntrepreneurship versus Big Business. Rock Logic versus Water Logic.Einstein versus Socrates. The School of Hard Knocks versus Academia. Right-brain versus Left-brain[which I think is a dangerous over-simplification of how the human brain actually works].

Regardless of how we define their difference we need to keep these opposites in proper balance.

How do you find the proper balance between 'free' & 'disciplined' thinking?


Business Contains Only 3 Things | Thought Tweets

Discipline is the key to putting Talent to good use.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 4, 2014

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

When discipline is absent Talent is dormant, submerged, and wasted.

That's why discipline is a good thing.

Discipline serves a key role when success is in action.



Business Contains Only 3 Things | Thought Tweets

Meetings, Communication, & Culture

by Rick Baker
On Aug 12, 2014

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

… and …

People Do Only 3 Things: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things

Meetings should be treated as opportunities to grow good habits: good habits about people, good habits about processes, & good habits about situations.

Culture Statements should contain many general statements about good habits. That will help people understand how Culture Statements can be applied during their workdays…i.e., specific real-work applications.

An excellent way to start is to:

  1. Talk about one or two Culture Statements at every regularly scheduled meeting and
  2. Do New Things that show people how they should act

When you hold meetings, talk about the Culture you desire. This could be as simple as having the chair of the meeting start the meeting with a 30-second personal story that fits the culture. Or, start each meeting with a round-the-table ‘getting present’ question like…”How are you feeling right now and why?” [People would need to learn how to be very concise with their answers]

Or, ask questions like, “How have you used your talents & strengths since our last meeting?

These sorts of questions help people get engaged. If a person struggles to get engaged then that person’s boss can coach and train between meetings.

People do their best when they are engaged…not just engaged doing tasks but engaged feeling like they are part of a winning team that is determined to build terrific things and do terrific business. [I know that can sound hokey…and it is hokey when it is done via lip service only…however, it is energizing when it is done in synch with Culture Statements.]

Show people how you want them to act:

  1. Company leaders need to buy into the Culture Statements and ‘best practices for meetings’ and, where required, make changes to how they act in meetings [replacing bad habits with good habits]
  2. Company leaders need to do new things to expand their ability to Influence other’s behaviour. Leaders need to illustrate their accountability – leading by example.

Linked to this, ensure ongoing communication that promotes good meeting practices [good habits]:

  1. People should feel comfortable talking about errors/problems [this means everyone; nobody should leave a meeting angry/annoyed]
  2. Learning from our errors [like that excellent Battler follow-up session]
  3. Celebrating our education [not silly or excessive…but little things that breed comfort in communicating about errors so we maximize our ability to minimize them not repeat the same ones, etc.

Change is Constructive Only When People are Comfortable.

Communication, when pre-planned to fit situations and delivered with confidence, helps people be more comfortable and more productive.



...at the interface of management People and management Process

by Rick Baker
On Jul 31, 2014

Reports and reporting tools sit at the interface between management People and management Process.

If managers are doing the right things then automated reporting tools provide value.

If managers are not doing the right things then automated tools simply add to the confusion.


Business Contains Only 3 Things

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