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Do the right little things right.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"If it's worth doing then it's worth doing right." That's what our mothers and fathers taught us. Good advice.

Go to the bottom of your business if you would climb to the topNothing is small which concerns your business. Master every detail.” That's an excerpt from Orison Swett Marden's 1911 classic 'Pushing To The Front'. The devils are in the details...master every detail and remove the devils...more good advice.

"Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing." Warren Bennis taught that. While we may not agree with drawing that boundary line between leaders and managers, we cannot argue the importance of doing the right things. 


So, Do The Right Little Things Right.


Beyond Business | Thought Tweets

I have much I want to listen to you!

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2017

Have you ever noticed, nobody ever says that to you? Lots of people let you know they have things to say to you. And, sometimes, people provide advance notice, letting you know they want to say much to you. This is presented in words like, “Let’s meet. I have much I want to share with you.

But you never hear, “Let’s meet. I have much I want to listen to you.

Perhaps most people will justify this by pointing out that sort of talk is grammatically incorrect, or at least grammatically awkward. While that may be true and is certainly a fair argument it does not explain why people never say grammatically-better things like, “Come over here. I want to listen to you…right now.” People don’t say things like that let alone yell them at you. Yet, they do yell things like, “Come over here. I want to talk to you…right now!

People do not call you to come so they can listen to you. They call you so you can listen to them. And sometimes they illustrate their enthusiasm as they call out to you by injecting invective words into their calls, as in, “Hey idiot. Come here. I want to talk to you…right now!

At least, that’s been my experience.

But, I know I should not give up on this.

Being open minded I shall not give up listening in hopes of hearing, “I have much I want to listen to you.” 


Communication: Improving Communication | Humour

If you cannot see the forest for the trees, you're out on a limb.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Few people possess the ability to think strategically while having a solid grasp of the details of the plan. Some people do not know they are out on a limb until they suffer a painful fall. Yes - that's part of the learning experience...as long as they are able to get up after the fall.

Mistakes are Stepping Stones – the question is, To Where?

by Rick Baker
On Jan 18, 2017

Indiana Jones reminded us that you don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. A journey of a thousand miles always starts with a single step. And we know a single step can be both one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.

When we take steps, sometimes we miss the desired landing spots. We make missteps and mistakes and, unless we stop moving and doing, chances are very good we will always make missteps and mistakes.

Sometimes missteps signal inattentiveness; sometimes missteps signal inventiveness.

In the first case, our bodies are used to stepping along without help from our conscious thoughts. When the ground in front of us throws us a curve or presents a new wrinkle, our feet are caught off guard. In response to this new information our feet can misstep, stumble and sometimes cause us to fall. In most cases, our missteps are not deemed to be failures. In most cases, they are accepted as little errors, human errors. Now, of course, that does not apply if we are talking about a misstep from a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Regardless, generally speaking missteps happen and we dust ourselves off quickly and move on. We are skilled at this because we have been doing it since we were wee babies…venturing out with our first steps.

‘Venturing out’: Those words bring us to the second case. Sometimes we intentionally venture out into new territory and even into dangerous territory, exploring and inventing. Some people do walk tightropes, sometimes even over Niagara Falls. Other people take steps to climb mountains, even the tallest and most-treacherous mountains. And some people even go as far as the moon to take a small step. These shoes worn for these adventuresome steps are laced with invention. And, regardless of planning and precaution, sometimes missteps happen. Missteps that happen under high-risk can be catastrophic. Regardless, often, missteps under high risk are not catastrophic. They are informative. They clarify the wrong ways to step, move, do things.

Missteps and mistakes are stepping stones. Far more often than not, they take us to better places. We must not lose track of that. We must not lose curiosity or the spirit that drives exploration and invention.

The optimist may be just as wrong as the pessimist...but the optimist has more fun.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 18, 2017

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

Just don’t let optimism get outside the bounds of realism.


Abundance | Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Optimism & Pessimism | Thought Tweets

People eat sour fruit sparingly. Yet they complain about it much.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 18, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes sour fruit is the best thing to consume. The British found that out several centuries ago and the practice of eating limes was encouraged by Scottish Dr. James Lind. He helped the British Navy understand limes and lime juice prevented sailors from the pain and suffering of scurvy. This fact was known prior to the arrival of Dr. Lind. And, the benefit of limes was well understood when he documented proof. Yet, the practice of eating limes to prevent scurvy was not adopted by the British Navy until some time later.

The first sailors who ate limes were ridiculed. By fellow sailors and pirates alike.

To this day the legacy of ridicule lives on in the form of a derogatory/racist ancestor of the word lime.

To this day, people resist when others try to force them to eat sour fruit.

So, take care when you try to unload sour fruit on your people.

Care taken while introducing sour fruit is inversely proportional to the amount of complaining that introduction generates. The greater the care, the lesser the complaints.

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