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Leaders: Make sure your confidence does not threaten your followers.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 14, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some followers are intimidated by Leader's self-confidence. Here are some Spirited suggestions, to make sure you do not come across that way: 

  • Be authentic…it is OK to be on the reserved side of centre if that is your character…it is OK to be on the boisterous side if that is your character
  • Be committed to working on self-improvement…i.e., raising his or her own self-confidence when that is required, as it will be from time to time
  • Focus on strengths: personal strengths and the strengths possessed by others
  • As Dale Carnegie taught, "Praise heartily"
  • Make full and appropriate use of humour…some leaders have just a little of it and will need to remind themselves of the importance of putting it to good use…other leaders have heavy doses of it and they will need to remind themselves to never let it go too far…self-humour is best…humour at the expense of others is an absolute no-no
  • Listen…resurrect that art if it has become lost
  • Master your emotions…and keep them under control [most of the time]
  • Live with Integrity…as defined here

Don't shoot the messenger until you've at least had a chance to see the opportunity.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 11, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Too often we close our ears and our minds to those who express objections.

Too often we close our eyes and our minds to opportunities.

Discontent, regardless of how it is packaged, just may be the best vehicle for positive change.

When you observe the How, the Why either resonates and amplifies the peaks or dis-harmonizes and diminishes the peaks.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 10, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

First, it is essential to do a good job of observing in order to properly perceive the How. 

Then, with the How understood, the Why has an opportunity to become fully clear. 

Finally, take time to understand why the Why either resonates or dis-harmonizes. This is the route to understanding whether Values are in sync or whether Values are likely to create interpersonal challenges and Culture problems. 

(I mean - Culture problems within your business, your family, or your community.)

When you make a fine argument...zip it, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 1, 2021

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?

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Communication: Improving Communication | Thick Skin & Thin Skull | Thought Tweets

Communication tip: If you want people to buy into your ideas then you must 'pre-communicate'…and over-communicate.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 26, 2021

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

  1. Experts have been studying people connections, networks, and hubs for over 40 years. Experts concluded weak links, including the most casual interactions with people we only know briefly or through friends-of-friends, often provide the greatest rewards, including access to innovation
  2. Far too many businesses operate like sheep following the herd in their business sector. Even casual connections with people outside your business sector can open doors to tremendous innovations.

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