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Talents are not what we do; Talents are the 'substances' that define us and make us unique.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 7, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Talents are the numbers of our personal combination lock; talents are the keys to our desires and action-drivers.

Talents stand tall and explain why we do what we do.

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STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Willpower is about converting self-drive into purposeful action.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 16, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

 If you have no definite purpose, no chief aim, no goals - then you have no need of willpower. Of course, your accomplishments will be unpredictable at best and destructive at worst.

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"Persistence involves adherence to a purpose clean through to a goal."

Frank Channing Haddock

'Power of Will', (1910)

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Discipline is the only remedy for wasted Talent.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When discipline is absent Talent is dormant, submerged, and wasted.

That's why discipline is a good thing.

Discipline serves a key role when success is in action.

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An interview or performance review question: How do you use your Talents to expand your ability to influence people?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 10, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The Gallup folks have defined 4 Talent Domains for leadership: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, & Strategic Thinking.

When we look at local leaders' Talent Themes we notice a lack of Influencing Talent Themes. A lack of Influencing talent & strength is widespread throughout businesses in our geography.

Understanding that, we need to help leaders improve their ability to Influence others.

A good starting point is understanding whether or not they understand the importance of Influence...and are taking steps to improve in the area of Influencing.

A good next step is providing Influencing-help in the form of specialized knowledge, situations/opportunities, and time to practice skills.

Talent without discipline - good for hobbies, not good for businesses.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 6, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Malcolm Gladwell [in his book, 'Outliers'] taught us, regardless of Talent, people need to spend at least 10,000 hours to become performing masters.

I think - if you are not paid to be a performing master then you are performing a hobby [not work].

I think - if you lack discipline then you won't even be good at hobbying.

And, I think - if you are not good at stuff then you do not enjoy it...and that's not a good way to spend your time.

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A true Sense of Urgency: that's doing things promptly when you know the right things to do and you know how to do them well.

by Rick Baker
On May 23, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anything shy of this isn't a true sense of urgency.

Anything shy of this is guesswork, bad planning, or fighting phantom fires.

Anything shy of this is pretty much guaranteed to annoy everyone you drag into your situations.

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