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Leadership grit grinds & grows.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 24, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

John Wayne is one of my heroes. Every time I hear the word 'grit' I think of Rooster Cogburn, the character John Wayne played when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'True Grit'. More specifically, I think of the scene where he took on all the bad guys and won. The above picture shows Rooster charging at the bad guys...guns a blazin'...the perfect hero.

Grit - firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

Not just in the movies but also in real life, John Wayne had true grit.

We need more leaders with true grit.


Hero Worship | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

Here's a good habit: test your Decisions against the Values you hold dearest.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 24, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

You will find decision-making becomes easier and 'less conflicted' when you develop the habit of testing your decisions against your personal values.

Other people will find it easier to understand you and your decisions if they perceive alignment between your decisions and your values...that is - the values you express, which are consistent with the character you exhibit.


Habits: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Simplicity generates efficiency

by Rick Baker
On Feb 23, 2017

Complexity confuses people.

Simplicity generates efficiency.

80/20 Rule wisdom has repeatedly proven its value over time.

The 80/20 Rule tells us that 20% of the work we do delivers 80% of the value we receive for that work. In other words, 20% of our efforts yield 80% of the results we desire. 

In no way does the 80/20 Rule try to guide us to work perfection in all areas.

In no way does the 80/20 Rule try to cover all of the various pieces of work we perform.

In no way does the 80/20 Rule try to satisfy 100% of anyone's needs.

In fact, the 80/20 Rule implies the exact opposite.

  • It implies simplicity.
  • It implies reduction.
  • It implies compromise.

In exchange for these ‘limitations’, the 80/20 Rule delivers the benefits of efficient and effective coverage of the processes that deliver 80% of the value we are working to obtain.

When we cover 80% of the value using systematized and simplified processes, such as those governed by the 80/20 Rule, we free up the ability to focus the majority of our time on injecting innovation into processes that require our inter-personal talents, our technical expertise, and significant amounts of our concentration and thought.


In business we do better when we have simple systems, we know the rules for those systems, and we know when we must break those rules and do different things.

We need to understand human nature: people are very comfortable following the rules they have chosen for themselves; people have more difficulty buying into and following rules created by others. And yes, some people are natural born rule breakers...they are the outwardly defiant, the silent detractors, and the saboteurs.

In reaction to the resistant-to-change realities of the business world, we develop supervisors, managers, coaches, and mentors.




80/20 Rule | Master Rules | Seeking Simple!

2 types of people succeed in business: (1) those who naturally 'get it' and (2) those who observe well & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 23, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There are only 2 types of people who experience meaningful success in business:

  1. Those few, the intuitive, who somehow naturally 'get it' and 'seek & solve' their way for as long as it takes to obtain success. 
  2. Those few who observe and attend to mentors [who are willing to help them], emulate heroes' best qualities and sooner or later, after much work, 'get it'. 

In business, no other types of people achieve meaningful success.


Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Hero Worship | Succession | Thought Tweets

Catcheth thou when thou doth protest too much.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 23, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's a good reason why Shakespeare put that "doth protest too much" line in Hamlet. Many people are unable to express an objection and leave it at that. Rather, many people express an objection and go on and on...providing either gory details or more examples, or both.

Now I must stop here before I too doth protest too much...

...it would, for example, be wrong to deliver a ripe example of this I witnessed as recently as...

Sales people should select heroes, learn from them, and emulate their talents & strengths.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 22, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I see better ways of approaching Sales.

For example...

Sales people can and should learn from ‘heroes’...as many as possible. First, ask the question – Is this person a hero worth studying? Consider - WHY is this person a hero? Because of vision?, goals? resilience? quick wit? personal magnetism? Then learn the details about those person's most-admirable qualities/strengths, select specific stories that capture the admirable qualities, carry those stories in mind, and draw upon them when the going gets tough. 


Hero Worship | Sales | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

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