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Under-Promise and Over-Deliver…Under-Talk & Over-Listen

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

Even while people are extremely busy, somehow they manage to remember the promises you didn’t deliver on.

And, if people are talking there is a reason for it.

I mean, people have reasons for saying things even if the things they are saying are not on the same topic as the things you are thinking while you could be listening while they are talking.

Rather than thinking all that stuff by yourself and waiting for them to stop talking so you can get your thoughts delivered…you could listen.

If you want to influence others, influence yourself first. Make little changes for the better. Then share that good habit.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 20, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

All great leaders make major changes to their way of dealing with 'their personal challenges' and their way of interacting with other people. 

All great leaders learn how to replace Bad Habits with Good Habits.

Self-control is your people-magnet.

It's OK when you have an ego; it's not OK when an ego has you.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 19, 2019

The Thought Behind The Tweet

When it comes to ego, I believe moderation is the right course.

Eastern philosophies teach the merits of reduction of ego...removal of it to the extent that is possible. [Total removal of ego being a blissful state.]

Western capitalists have illustrated the serious damage caused by high, out-of-control egos.

It seems to me human beings were meant to have egos...why else would virtually all of us [if not all of us] have them? 

But, moderation is required...self-control, that is.

Some people become problem magnets...attracting a never-ending series of similar problems.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 18, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Many of us don't see the problems coming let alone see we are the specialists who create them.

For some people - problems get totally out of control...arriving one after another...time after time after time.

Some people cannot get out of their 'problem ruts'. They need help removing bad habits. They need the benefits found in other people's talents & strengths. 

 

 

When Opportunities seek out people to visit, they pretty much avoid all the too-busy people.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 17, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Many people have a self-image of a too-busy person..."I am too busy to do that!

Opportunities prefer to visit with people who have some time to spend with them, some time to get to understand them, some time to hold their hands and walk with them....then run with them.

The more you hurry the more the Opportunities pass you by.

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Influencing Powerful People - #8

by Rick Baker
On Mar 16, 2019

Here's another quote, taken from Dirk Schlimm's book - 

“The terms balance and restraint rarely come up as descriptors of powerful people or are cited as reasons for their success.” 

This quote goes right to the heart of a major opportunity in business [and, in life]. To excel in business [and, in life] we must accept some bad things in order to obtain some good things. We all know this. We have known it since we were children and we heard [powerful] older folks talking about making sure they didn't throw babies out with bathwater. 

Now, as we are doing our business work, we encounter people who hold powerful positions yet appear to us to lack focus, go off on new-idea tangents, and change their minds in most-annoying ways. As we encounter these powerful people, some of us take a cynical stance. Some of us mutter about the powerful people being lucky rather than skilled, dysfunctional rather than talented, way over their heads, etc. 

Dirk recommends a more productive approach.  When I read his advice, I think about seeking the strengths in powerful people. We should complement and emulate those strengths. Sure, we should also be aware of powerful people's weaknesses. We should use our personal strengths to fill the gaps that exist because of powerful people's weaknesses.

We should help our businesses gain advantage by drawing out the value embedded in differences

Learning from powerful people, filling the gaps they create, and communicating effectively with them: Dirk teaches us how we can do these things.

 

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