What is influence? Are communities changing the dynamics that engage influence, or are they simply injecting transparency into them? How do you connect with real results for your business? Can influence be bought or sold?
These are all age old questions and, for many, the answers have been a moving target.
There are other, subtle, and possibly even more powerful forces that influence outcomes. You may not have thought about them in those terms, you should. You know about parents, loved ones, and those you find yourself with in close quarters in a long journey.
Do you think about:
- the people you hire — are they helping you move the needle in perception by thinking expansively, by being agents of change, or are they merely telling you what they think you want to hear? Are they going to solve problems creatively, or are they going to be the bottleneck for your organization to get out of its own way?
- the people you do business with — are they good partners, transparent and upfront, helping you build a healthy network of relationships, or are they not telling you about issues that could potentially jeopardize your position?
- mentors and teachers — do they help you break away from your own patterns, see beyond the obvious, feel like you matter? Or are you seeking those who confirm the choices you've already made?
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