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Influencing Powerful People - #10

by Rick Baker
On Mar 30, 2019

“Understand that powerful people think of others as their helpers first and foremost. Let them know that this is what you are there to do. However, don’t let the helper paradigm stifle your creativity and ambition to lead.”

Dirk Schlimm

'Influencing Powerful People', (2011)

"Powerful People" - they hold 'position power' over other people, the power bosses hold over subordinates. They hold other types of power...as examples, the power tied to having control of money and the power tied to a track record of setting goals, influencing results and meeting goals.

Powerful people exist in every successful business. 

Business founders hold special power. Business founders saw market needs, stepped up to address those needs and influenced others to join their businesses. If they succeeded in their business then their power was effective and put to good use. If they failed in business their power was, for one reason or another, ineffective. 

Sometimes we judge business leaders harshly because they don't treat us the way we want. Instead of shifting our 'mindset paradigm' to consider the opportunities that exist in the leader's view of our role, we refuse to align with the leader...sometimes, we resist subversively. When our mindsets are in resistance mode, we have allowed the leader's character and style to bring out the worst in us. With our mindsets focused on resistance, we choose to bury our curiosity. When we make that choice, we stifle our own attention to opportunities and we stifle our own creativity.

We must not blame powerful people for our choices; we must learn how to make and implement better choices when we deal with powerful people. In his book and his teaching, Dirk helps us learn how to make and implement better choices.

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver…Under-Talk & Over-Listen

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

Even while people are extremely busy, somehow they manage to remember the promises you didn’t deliver on.

And, if people are talking there is a reason for it.

I mean, people have reasons for saying things even if the things they are saying are not on the same topic as the things you are thinking while you could be listening while they are talking.

Rather than thinking all that stuff by yourself and waiting for them to stop talking so you can get your thoughts delivered…you could listen.

Trust is gained in small increments, one consistent action at a time.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 14, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Trust is lost in large lumps, one misunderstood-inconsistent action at a time. 

So, the scale is weighted against you...or, is it weighted for you?

You can perceive it either way...it doesn't matter as long as you are objective about it and do not begrudge the reality of it.

When it comes to trust, the scale is weighted: it isn't just about your perceptions of your intentions and your actions; it's about other people's perceptions of your actions and your intentions; small understood-consistent actions build trust in small increments; small misunderstood-inconsistent actions destroy trust in large lumps.

PS: Trust: an interpersonal juxtaposition: so fragile, so essential, so egoic...Perceptions of Interests and Actions...laced with biases that are somehow and somewhy ingrained to protect egos. Trust: the fundamental human-to-human consideration.

The joys of job seeking & hiring: people connecting & maximizing the achievement of common goals.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 23, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

It isn't about the amount of formal education.

It isn't about the number of years of prior-employment experience.

It is about agreeing on exchange of value.

And...it does not have to be a painful process.

 


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