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

by Rick Baker
On Jul 9, 2018

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

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

by Rick Baker
On Jul 8, 2018

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

Talents are not what we do; Talents are the 'substances' that define us and make us unique.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 7, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Talents are the numbers of our personal combination lock; talents are the keys to our desires and action-drivers.

Talents stand tall and explain why we do what we do.

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STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Leadership is about meaningful stories well told and important actions well done.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 6, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When good-to-great leaders tell inspirational stories, their stories are laced with personal values and visions of better future situations

Stories well told: call them Sticky Stories...because they stick in people's minds. Sticky stories are remembered.

Actions well done: the most-productive actions are driven by emotions and guided by true desires and goals

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Communication: Improving Communication | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

Willpower eats up energy - choose your battles with care.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Perfectionists and micro-managers illustrate interesting facets of the interplay between willpower and energy.

Perfectionists illustrate how misguided willpower has brought about the development of a bad habit that is impervious to willpower.

Micro-managers illustrate the same thing, with external focus.

Knowing it will require energy to break these bad habits, people need to take time outs to rejuvenate before attempting to reduce/remove these bad habits. 

You cannot drive people when you work them into a fog.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 4, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Nor can you expect people in a fog to generate much internal drive.

Nor will people in a fog drive one another around toward specific destinations.  

People get nervous when they are being driven in a fog.

People get nervous when they are driving in a fog...well...at least the ones that notice the fog get nervous.

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Vivid Vision: the antidote to business fog.

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Humour | Thought Tweets | Vision: The Leader's Vivid Vision

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