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About Influencing Powerful People - #3

by Rick Baker
On Feb 10, 2019

Talking About Influencing Powerful People - here's another Dirk Schlimm quote:

“What makes these geniuses so powerful is not ground-level expertise or vision. It is the fact that they have both; they are equally capable of and comfortable with micromanaging and dreaming up a large-scale, big-picture vision.”

Creativity feeds and grows...depending on the curiosity behind its dominating questions.

by Rick Baker
On Feb 9, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Curiosity is the precursor to Creativity.

We see Curiosity in young children...they approach life as if it is a question free-for-all.

Children, somehow, know they must ask questions or they will learn little and not do well in life.

Curiosity is one childlike habit we should not give up.

About Influencing Powerful People - #2

by Rick Baker
On Jan 31, 2019

Here's a quote from Dirk Schlimm, clarifying his perspective on 'Powerful People' -

“Depending on where you are, the managing director of your local subsidiary, the head of your finance department, the influential member of your board, the critical donor in your charity, or the owner of your small business may be just as powerful in your setting as a corporate tycoon in someone else’s.”

One implication for family businesses -

The leader of your family business may be just as powerful in your setting as a corporate tycoon in someone else’s. 

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Borrowing Brilliance | Family Business and CFFB | Influencing | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

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.

 

No means No! (...well maybe we need to think a bit more on that!)

by Rick Baker
On Aug 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When I was a kid I heard the word "No" so much I expected to hear it, as a matter of habit.

When I was a kid I was told to say "Yes" so much I started to say it, as a matter for habit.

I've been spending time throughout the rest of my life figuring out how to respond "No" when my little internal voice automatically prompts me to say "Yes" when I really wish I was saying "No". 

The essence of business is exchange of value.

by Rick Baker
On May 14, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Stephen R Covey taught - the essence of business is relationships. I believe the essence of business is exchange of value. I believe, in business, exchange of value includes building relationships. Relationships is a subset of the value exchanged in business. No question - relationships are an essential ingredient of life. [Unless, I suppose, one is able to live the life of a hermit.] Certainly, relationships are the essence of society, whether family or community or all of human civilization.

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Family Business and CFFB | Personalities @ Work | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

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