Rick Baker Thought Posts
Left Menu Space Holder

About the author

Name of author Rick Baker, P.Eng.

E-mail me Send mail
Follow me LinkedIn Twitter

Search

Calendar

<<  February 2018  >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627281234
567891011

View posts in large calendar

Recent Comments

Comment RSS

If you want to win someone over then let him know that you know what he does when he is at work.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 27, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Most people take at least some pride in their work...so they tell others about what they do when they are at work. 

Few people have the interest or take to time to truly listen to others, so they never really hear let alone remember what others tell them.

You can listen. You can remember. You can let others know you care about what they do at work.

You can inspire people!

 

 

Plan to repeat, repeat, repeat...that's one key to teaching, inspiring, & influencing people.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 23, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin

When we observe repetition, we learn.

When we repeat, others have the opportunity to learn.

If you are uncomfortable with your work, that's contagious. If you enjoy your work, that's contagious.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 9, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

What type of attitude are you spreading?

How much is your attitude affecting the people you work with?

Are you inspiring people & growing profits?

It seems - providing advice on how to succeed is nowhere near as difficult as helping people succeed.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 7, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Most people have lots of advice [opinions, suggestions, criticisms, commands, etc.] to share with others.

Few people edit/tailor their communications to actually help others. 

***

For decades, sales people have been taught: "Sell, Don't Tell".

That sales education aligns with this Thought Tweet. In sales, people are taught to give consideration to the other party's needs. 

***

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

John Quincy Adams

When you aren't fully satisfied with results...

by Rick Baker
On Apr 4, 2017

Are you fully satisfied with the results you are achieving? I don't mean, are you 100% satisfied. I mean are you 90% satisfied? Are you setting challenging goals and generally achieving excellent results?

If you are then it's a great idea to keep doing what you are doing until you notice a slip off, a downturn, in the results you're achieving.

On the other hand, if you're not fully satisfied with the results you're achieving then believe there is something you can do to improve your results.

Then the big question will be - What do you need to change?

  • What things do you need to do in a different way?
  • What ways do you need to think in a different way?

And, you will need a plentiful supply of quality ideas.

How will you come up with the right ideas for positive change?

There are many ways to come up with great ideas for positive changes.

You can stop, slow yourself down, and spend more time thinking…mulling over numerous ideas…sifting them…using your capacities for ideation and intellection.

You can consult with a group of friends, for example your mastermind group, and rely on them to generate new ideas…then think them over…discuss them…take them to better places. 

You can be selective and find books that can help you generate ideas and plan the tactics that will bring them into physical reality.

The key things are recognizing the need for change and recognizing the benefits of fresh ideas, fresh thinking, and inspired action

Character reigns supreme

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2017

I heard today that assessments aimed at finding high-calibre personnel are no longer considering intelligence and talent but are now concentrating all attention on character.

While I expect this is an exaggeration of the current state of recruiting practices, I think it is wrong to underestimate the value of intelligence and talent. And, I believe the use of character assessment alone is a very troubling way to go about determining people’s wherewithal.  

Intelligence, Talents & Character: it seems to me all three of these things are critical to success. I can't imagine any meaningful achievement that does not contain portions of all of these attributes.  

Intelligence is multifaceted and can work in mysterious ways.  Regardless, it's hard to imagine anything being built without a significant level of intelligence. Intelligence correlates the success…in all endeavours.

Talents are the fundamental pieces required for mastery of task and the construction of all meaningful things. When people use their talents at work they take steps to fulfill their ultimate potential. The more they use their talents the greater their opportunity to succeed.

Character is the overriding quality that inspires thought, promotes trust, and influences action. Character is a construct of personal values, personal rules & morals, and a number of other facets, including self-control and power of will. Character is about authenticity and trueness, consistency and doing the right things. 

Clearly, character is an essential ingredient. It is easy to accept that character is the key ingredient. But, that should not confuse the facts around the importance of intelligence and talent

490 Dutton Drive - Suite C6 - Waterloo ON N2L 6H7 - phone 519-886-6522 - fax 519-886-8795
Copyright © 2012. W.F.C (Rick) Baker. All Rights Reserved.