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Influencing Powerful People - #4

by Rick Baker
On Feb 17, 2019

Here's another quote from Dirk Schlimm:

“The genius, who sees opportunity with outside-the-box ideas, gets easily frustrated if he or she feels surrounded by others who only see obstacles. A powerful person with a big idea is likely to feel that he or she is right and will grow impatient with naysayers.”

This quote triggers some questions...

Do you know many people who think of themselves as innovative/creative thinkers? Do you know people who consider themselves out-of-the-box thinkers while you see them under dimmer lighting?

Do you know many people who get frustrated when other people inject obstacles? How do you feel when others naysay when you raise what you believe to be good ideas?

Spirited Leaders have a philosophy that can be summed up in 5 words: People Don't Like Receiving Criticism. We also say, "Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron".

Now, we know some thick-skinned people can accept and respond well to criticism...for these rare few, constructive criticism is not an oxymoron. However, implicit in Dirk's quote, it is highly unlikely people who possess and exhibit a level of genius - powerful people - will respond well to naysaying. So, when you find yourself facing such a powerful person consider better strategies than voicing criticism that will likely be received poorly.

If you must voice criticism then plan its delivery carefully.

Dirk explains how this can be done in his book.


I used to give people pieces of my mind. Now, I know I cannot afford such giveaways.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 15, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Even if I could afford to waste my brain, it's much more fulfilling to cut people up to size.

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

Catcheth thou when thou doth protest too much.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 10, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's a good reason why Shakespeare put that "doth protest too much" line in Hamlet. Many people are unable to express an objection and leave it at that. Rather, many people express an objection and go on and on...providing either gory details or more examples, or both.

Now I must stop here before I too doth protest too much...

...it would, for example, be wrong to deliver a ripe example of this I witnessed as recently as...

About Influencing Powerful People - #1

by Rick Baker
On Jan 27, 2019

Here's a quote from Dirk Schlimm -

I learned that influencing powerful people is a better and more effective route than complaining about them.

This quote touches two important Spirited Leaders' philosophies - 

Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron

and

Influence is the Essence of Leadership.

 

You are so derisive...if only you could change that "r" to a "c" you'd have one good character attribute going for you.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 25, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

This thought occurred to me while I was trying not to listen to a particularly annoying nitpicker.

...but for one letter...

Ever since, I cannot witness criticism without having at least a slight smile.

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

Our fingers naturally point outwards. Perhaps that's why we point at others when it's time to place blame.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 24, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The joys of evolution!

It seems [until someone helps me understand otherwise] we humans are the only animals capable of pointing fingers at others.

We alone enjoy all the benefits of both opposing thumbs and blame-pointing fingers.

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

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