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If you want people to bring your ideas to life, show an interest in theirs.

by Rick Baker
On May 15, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sure, you're biased and you know full well your ideas are superior. 

But don't let that stop you from listening to other people's ideas from time to time. Little expressions of attention and interest go a long way.

 

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Humour | Ideas | Thought Tweets

If you think time flies, try holding your breath while your boss is telling a story.

by Rick Baker
On May 10, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Einstein showed us that time is relative.

[Maybe that's why it's easier to hold your breath when a relative is telling a story...but...probably not if that relative is your boss.]

 

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Family Business and CFFB | Humour | I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Speak of the devil's advocate...better still, bite your tongue.

by Rick Baker
On May 7, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Constructive criticism is an oxymoron.

Devil's Advocates ... here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position he or she does not necessarily agree with, for the sake of argument."

Those words - "Devil's Advocate" have a nasty connotation....we should not use them or the practice they capture.

Instead, consider using a planned strategy for seeking different perspectives when large problems are to be solved and important decisions are to be made.

Try, for example, using Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

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

What was that you said about listening?

by Rick Baker
On May 2, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Is it possible the more you talk about listening the less people are inclined to do it?

If you must speak to the topic should you speak softly and carry a big stick?

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

People know what's going on in my head...my thoughts are important to them...time for my wake-up call.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 29, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you think communication is easy, you're dreaming.

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

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 Mar 25, 2018

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

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