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When Leaders tell followers what to do they need to limit that telling to BIG PICTURE things.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 16, 2021

The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet

Some think Leaders should provide followers latitude to do their work as they choose. Some think that’s the way to breed creativity and maximize motivation, innovation, and results. Meanwhile, many [perhaps most] entrepreneur-Leaders tend to micro-manage. 4 keys to success in business:

  1. The Leader must pick strong/capable followers, 
  2. The Leader must tell those followers the desired BIG PICTURE things such as VALUES, VISION, MASTER RULES, and MAJOR GOALS
  3. The Leader must show those followers how he/she [the Leader] goes about his/her work [actions]…i.e., setting one example, the example that fits the Leader’s strengths and personality, and 
  4. the Leader must make it clear he/she expects followers to take action that fits their unique strengths and personalities.

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

by Rick Baker
On Jan 7, 2021

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. 

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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. 

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

John Quincy Adams

To lead, use light fingers at the controls. Heavy-finger governance and control just sends things off kilter.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 22, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

From Wikipedia...

In 1868, James Clerk Maxwell wrote a famous paper "On governors” that is widely considered a classic in feedback control theory.

        

     An early governor                              James Clerk Maxwell

In the 19th Century, Maxwell proved that tight governing of steam engine speed created bigger surprises than light governing.

We can apply this fact to 21st Century business process.

In business we need guiding principles and Master Rules.

Errors only become limitations when we choose to give them that power.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 14, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We cannot practice when we don't know the what and how of task-details: we cannot teach when we don't know the what and how of task-details.

But, do not expect your teachers will be masters of work performance: knowing the what/how of tasks and doing work at the master level are 2 different things.

Mastery of tasks is rare; even the most skilled performers make errors; errors define near-term limits, however, near-term limits do not have to be long-term limiting.

Errors only become long-term limiting when we choose to give them that power.

Leaders do best when it is clear they have sacred rules, which we call “The Master Rules”.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 11, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Master Rules: these are rules set by the Leader and well-communicated by the Leader to all followers.

The Master Rules must not be bent. And, if they are broken then the consequences are clear and enforced. The Master Rules must capture the essence of the Leader’s Personal Values, mesh with the Leader’s Strengths, and serve as clear directions towards the Leader's Vivid Vision. 

People are more inclined to follow than to lead; good followers enjoy huge opportunities.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 29, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

One of the most graphic examples is mob behaviour. A few mob leaders can inspire destruction and pillaging from many...just consider Vancouver's Stanley Cup embarrassment. As Mark Weber says, "If the bet is between People and the Situation, bet on the Situation". [paraphrased] 

Betting on Situations is, in essence, betting on people following.

And there's that Spirited philosophy - "Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Process, & Situations"

To accomplish their dreams, leaders must remember these related things:

Be the role model you want emulated

Anticipate and construct Situations

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