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Give yourself injections of that oxymoron, Constructive Criticism

by Rick Baker
On Jun 2, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Create a Do It Yourself Hormesis Program, aimed at thickening your skin and building your tolerance for other people's shortcomings. 

CAUTION: If you are like most people then your initial tolerance for criticism will be unbelievably low...so start with very low doses of self-criticism. And, build the doses up slowly over time...until you are able to face your screaming vein-bulging face in the mirror. 

When they are messing on the floor, sometimes you just gotta put down your newspaper.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 2, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

It actually happened just after the turn of the century...amidst double entendre & a wicked sense of humour.

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

Loose lips sink ships…Loose cannons sink 'em too.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 1, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Loose Cannons Fire At Will...and they fire at pretty much everyone else within earshot and nearshot. Loose cannons get unhinged before you can blink and they blast-fire with little or no warning. Sometimes their pins slip and they tilt and blow the planks right from under your feet...leaving you with nothing to stand on. And, sometimes, after repetitive volleys they cause your ship to list, take on water, and maybe even sink.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for loose cannons. When you hear them rumbling around and exploding, take corrective measures...for the sake of ship safety and security.

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

May your ego refuse to jump over molehills to join the mule trains climbing all those mountains!

by Rick Baker
On Jun 1, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes those little voices in our heads goad us into thoughts and actions that really defy logic. Deep down we know the thoughts and actions are tainted and flawed, yet we allow them to grow and swell and sometimes get way out of control.

Sometimes we set aside all the good advice our mothers worked so hard to teach: for example, if you can't say something nice...

Sometimes we forget constructive criticism is an oxymoron.

Command & Influence

by Rick Baker
On May 31, 2017

Some people possess a natural ability called Command. It is one of those natural-talent gifts. It provides a natural ability to magnetize, influence, and lead people.

But that natural ability can only be put to successful use if the talent of Command operates within 'fair' boundaries. And ‘fairness’ is an extremely subjective thing.

People have a very broad range of views about what is ‘fair’ in the area of Command and leadership. For example, Napoleon Bonaparte was either one of the greatest leaders of all time or he was the Antichrist. It all depends on your definition of ‘fairness’ [often moral fairness] as it relates to leadership. Most people have trouble seeing both sides of the argument and seeing both sides, of course, is essential if we are to truly understand let alone appreciate great leadership.

As a rule - With great strengths come great weaknesses.

Often, the most gifted leaders possess great flaws. If we choose to judge leaders by focusing on their flaws then we can generally find material flaws, deliver our harsh judgments, and diminish [at least in our minds] the truly gifted contributions of the leaders. Aside from satisfying our troubled egos, what good does that do? In my view, that delivers no value and misses the reality of leadership.

Leadership isn’t about perfection.

Leadership is about forerunning human excellence, with specific directions in mind and in action.

Leadership is about inspiring people and influencing people to follow.


PS: Napoleon Bonaparte is one of my heroes.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Influencing | Leaders' Thoughts

In this 'Connected Digital Era', the prizes go to those with the least dis-connections.

by Rick Baker
On May 31, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Dis-connections happen under your eyes, in your IT systems and IT tasks & processes. Your people live with them every day.

Here's an example...

While you expend much time and effort planning your social media activity and monitoring your Facebook to see who Likes you and what your Facebook Likers are up to, your databases are slipping information all over the place despite all the double-data-entries...and your CRM system is more annoyance than useful tool.

Your dis-connections may be growing faster than your connections. Check it out. 

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IT & TECH | Thought Tweets

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