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Do not assume the purpose behind your instructions is obvious.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 9, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We cannot assume the purpose of our thinking is obvious. We cannot assume the purpose of their thinking is obvious. And, we are far better off over-communicating about the purpose behind out thoughts, ideas, and requests than under-communicating about them.

 

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Communication: Improving Communication | Delegation & Decisions | Thought Tweets

At the rate people are now listening, evolution will remove our ears in a few generations.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 29, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If I told you once I told you a thousand times...

...use it or lose it.

[Then there's the unthinkable - Is it possible my communications are that bloody uninteresting?]

More on, falling on deaf ears..

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

When there's no reason or rhyme maybe it's time to change your tune.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 27, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Human beings are biased creatures. One bias is known as the rhyme-as-reason effect.

According to Wikipedia -

"The rhyme-as-reason effect is a cognitive bias whereupon a saying or aphorism is judged as more accurate or truthful when it is rewritten to rhyme." And "For an example of the persuasive quality of the rhyme-as-reason effect, see "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit," the signature phrase used by Johnnie Cochran to gain acquittal for O.J. Simpson in Simpson's murder trial."

Consider the rhyme-as-reason bias when you:

  • create leader's messages
  • create marketing communications

When you make a fine argument...shut up, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First, learn about the extent of the fineness of your argument. I mean, bring your thick skin and thin skull...and keep your ego under full control.

Was your argument really as fine as you thought?

In pre-historic times people who didn't listen got eaten...now they are able to spend safe days in office cubicles.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 20, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Could it be 21st Century predators are a forgiving lot of creatures?

Could it be Darwin was wrong?

...survival of the fittest? ... or was it survival of the most adaptable? ... or is it survival of the least able to listen?

Assuming evolution is an accurate theory - and I'm not so sure about that any more - How many generations will it take for human ears to shrink and disappear through lack of use?


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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

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