Rick Baker Thought Posts
Left Menu Space Holder

About the author

Name of author Rick Baker, P.Eng.

E-mail me Send mail
Follow me LinkedIn Twitter

Search

Calendar

<<  December 2018  >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
262728293012
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31123456

View posts in large calendar

Recent Comments

Comment RSS

Even objective, well-intentioned, well-delivered criticism gnaws, rips, and tears into thin skin.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 11, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Criticism will always gnaw, rip, and tear at thin skin. That is a given. The only question is: how will the thin-skinned person react as the thin skin rips and tears? The natural reactions are fight & flight...aggression & avoidance. 

And, of importance – will ‘motivation’ get dragged into the bloody discussion after the ripping and tearing of thin skin? Sometimes it will. More often the thought will be there, but it will be unspoken. And, as they say, “It's the thought that counts.” I have strong views on ‘motivation’, and my strong views contain intolerance of those who blame others for the failures or the lack of motivation. Bosses have a tough enough job without having to bear the burden of every subordinate’s ‘motivation’.

Curiosity doesn't kill cats...it just makes them very interesting.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 10, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Maybe, curiosity kills cats; definitely, curiosity motivates people.

Perhaps, many animals are curious. Certainly, some are...cats have a reputation for it. Human beings must be the most curious animal on Earth. Curiosity is in our DNA. Curiosity is the root of innovation, invention, and creativity.

I don't think curiosity kills cats...it just makes them very interesting.

Tags:

Humour | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Perhaps, complaining about other people is gratifying...perhaps, it satisfies a need?

by Rick Baker
On Nov 9, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Why do people complain about the actions of another person?

Presumably, the answer is - complaining about other people is gratifying, it fills a need. But, what exactly is that need?

And, does complaining about other people satisfy a single need? Or, does the need-satisfaction vary with the person who is the topic of complaint?

Self-monitoring: the next time you're about to complain about another person, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Why do this person's actions make me want to complain?" "What will happen if I delay complaining about this person for 15 minutes? Or, 1 hour? Or, 1 day?" "What gratification will I sacrifice if I delay or refuse to allow myself to complain about this person?"

Ancient communication wisdom: "Men trust their ears less than their eyes."

by Rick Baker
On Nov 8, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Men trust their ears less than their eyes."

Herodotus

Greek Historian, 484BCE-425BCE

Now, 2400 years after Herodotus, psychologists are completing experiments that confirm Herodotus' ancient wisdom...our eyes overrule our ears...truly, we do believe what our eyes see them do more than what our ears hear them say. This applies to their major actions and to their minor body-language signals.

Tags:

Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Disciplined thoughts lead to successful actions.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 7, 2018

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).

When you display anger people get defensive. (Wow -Who'd have seen that coming!)

by Rick Baker
On Nov 6, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some say we should not thwart the natural energy captured in the form of anger.

Perhaps, a bit of anger in the workplace is OK. As long as you're OK with a bit of defensiveness. 

Tags:

Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Humour | Thought Tweets

490 Dutton Drive - Suite C6 - Waterloo ON N2L 6H7 - phone 519-886-6522 - fax 519-886-8795
Copyright © 2012. W.F.C (Rick) Baker. All Rights Reserved.