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Better to be skilled at puzzles than cross words.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 10, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Puzzles are part of life. Often they turn out to be doors to opportunities.

Cross words are criticism and constructive criticism is an oxymoron.

And yes, crosswords are puzzles.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Thought Tweets

In favour of 1-Page Tools

by Rick Baker
On Dec 9, 2016

We have designed over one hundred and fifty 1-Page Tools. These tools help people ease into learning by narrowing focus on the task and providing a short series of straightforward steps, helping people move from task-start to task-finish.

Our 1-Page Tools cover a wide range of business activity, both strategic [for example, creating a Vision statement] and tactical [for example, making a decision].

Our process for designing 1-Page Tools is as follows:

  • For each topic, we gather information from at least a dozen resources, pick the best pieces of that information and create a series of steps to allow progression from a cold start to a desired outcome – task completion.  
  • Next, we simplify the 1-Page Tool until it fits neatly onto one page. Simplicity and brevity are essential ingredients. 
  • Then we test the 1-Page Tool in workshops, observing people as they use it to determine whether or not people have difficulty with any of the steps. 
  • Then we create workshop education to help people get over the most-common hurdles...providing advance education so people can accomplish the steps. 

In addition, as we test 1-Page Tools in workshops, we listen attentively to the questions people ask when they're trying to take specific steps and we watch to see whether or not people exhibit satisfaction when they have completed the 1-Page Tools. A feeling of accomplishment is an essential aspect of success. We use this real-life workshop feedback to hone the 1-Page Tools until we know the majority of workshop attendees can complete the tools with a minimal amount of instruction and coaching. That way we know workshop participants will be able to teach others at their organizations how do use our 1-Page Tools.

We update our 1-Page Tools when new information/education helps us make improvements.

Here's an example of a 1-Page Tool:


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1-Page Tools

Influence/lead/manage yourself if you wish to influence/lead/manage others.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 9, 2016

The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet

Do what I say not what I do just doesn't cut it. Probably, most of us can remember incidents when we were children and adults in positions of authority gave us instructions that they themselves did not follow. To the extent that happened, we learned to resist instructions that came to us as do what I say not what I do. As we gained experience and confidence our resistance to these inconsistent demands increased. Now, we have much trouble following instructions from people who do not lead by example. And, we distrust those who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

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Influencing | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

I'm sure that slow-boiling the frog doesn't work. Business gurus got to stop feeding that nasty rumour.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 9, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Here's the Wikipedia introduction: "The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frogslowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually."

What a bunch of hogwash thinking!

Business gurus should place disclaimers on their snake-oil metaphors.

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Humour | Thought Tweets

Disciplined thoughts lead to successful actions.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 8, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Or, we could just leave things to chance and self-confidence...however, at the very least, that would deprive us of the pleasure associated with the cause and effect between our thoughts (causes) and our achievements (effects).

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Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Sometimes it only takes a little prick to burst your bubble.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 8, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Criticism, especially pointy little pieces of it, pierces. 

You can gauge a person by the size of the criticism.

And...

Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Humour | Thought Tweets

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