Category Archive: Influence

Influence – Sobering Truths and Delightful Opportunities

“… financial advisors are 37% more likely to commit misconduct if they encounter a new co-worker with a history of misconduct.” HBR “… individuals tend to mirror the food choices of others in… Continue reading

Why Stephen King Felt Ashamed

Miss Hisler summoned Stephen King to the principal’s office because he had written and sold a horror story to his classmates. He earned over nine dollars in one day. Each copy went for… Continue reading

How We Really Learn to Lead

You learn to lead the same way babies learn to walk, by observation, training, and experimentation. Development in any arena begins by seeing what’s possible. Moms and dads show children what’s possible. Michael… Continue reading

Transparency and Vulnerability – 4 Ways to Let Yourself be Seen without Oversharing

You might enjoy anonymity and mask-wearing. But high-impact leaders let themselves be seen. Letting yourself be seen might be one of the hardest things you do. I remember hearing Patrick Lencioni say, “I… Continue reading

7 Ways Manipulators Get What They Want

We passively accept the manipulative lies advertisers use to get our money. “Open a Coke, open happiness.” “Wheaties, breakfast of champions.” “All Natural … All Burger” Carl’s Jr. with a naked woman eating… Continue reading

Influence is Easy – Just Drop a Few Hints

A bear demolished our bird feeders. Plastic tubes and suet cages offer little resistance. Sunflower seeds and suet are easy prey. My wife ordered new tubes and safely stored all the metal parts… Continue reading