How to be more influential at work
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Raising your level of influence is often a matter of changing perceptions about yourself. How can you grow in workplace stature, to get ahead of your peers? Here are seven ways.
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Take nothing at face value. Use your silences to evaluate what you see and hear and offer insightful feedback that says "I'm thinking ahead, I see further, I see deeper". Congratulate people when they get it right and ask careful questions that probe gaps in their thinking when they don't.
Learn to say "NO" to requests. This is difficult: you got where you are by saying "yes" and delivering. Now there are too many calls on your time, and saying yes to all of them makes you a doormat, not a hero. So practice making a Noble Objection and stay strategic in your choices about when to say "yes". For more on Noble Objections, see Brilliant Time Management.
"...skilfully raises the
reader's awareness and provides pragmatic, easy to follow steps to
achieving brilliant influence."
I have set myself the task of learning one essential business lesson from each episode of the current series of The Apprentice. For example, paragraph 2 above was inspired by episode 2, from which I drew a lesson from Marcus Aurelius:
Here are links to the four back issues:
Former colleague, David Weller, reads my Shift Happens! blog, about change, projects, and risk. He asked: "Got any good tips on issue management? I see so many examples of how project issues are incorrectly identified, logged, escalated, allocated severity, given owners, tracked, date and time committed, and closed!" My response was a two part blog on Issue Management.
If you liked today's tip, then maybe I have just the event for you...
I am working with colleague Angela Marshall of Appearance Management to create a one-off event in October:
How to Make a Stronger Impact when Selling and Presenting
This event will take place from 9am to 1pm on 4 October, at Fetcham Park House in Surrey. You will hear me speak on business influence and how to present a persuasive argument, and Angela will explain how having the right professional image and business etiquette will give a great boost to your profile.
Practical Project Management
These are on:
You can see all of the dates on my blog and you can book by calling 01227 252100.
Brilliant Project Leader
Brilliant Stress Management &
Brilliant Stress Management and Risk Happens! are both now in the proof stage - the first proofs arrived from Pearson and Marshall Cavendish on the same day by pure chance. They are both looking fabulous and I confess to the sin of pride. Publication dates are:
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