Extraordinary Influence: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others

  • 4h 44m 58s
  • Tim Irwin
  • Gildan Media
  • 2018

What if we could speak "Words of Life" that transform those under our influence and ignite fires of intrinsic motivation? What if those we lead found great purpose in what they do and worked at their jobs with all their heart? Isn't that what leaders, parents, and teachers really want? Ultimately, don't we hope to foster intrinsic motivation so that the individuals we lead become better employees, better students, or better athletes? Recent discoveries of brain science and the wisdom of top CEOs that Dr. Tim Irwin interviewed for this audiobook give us the answers we've long sought.

In most organizations, the methods used to provide feedback to employees such as performance appraisal or multi-rater feedback systems, in fact, accomplish the exact opposite of what we intend. We inadvertently speak "Words of Death". Brain science tells us that these methods tend to engage a natural "negativity bias" that is hardwired in us all. Science in recent years discovered that affirmation sets in motion huge positive changes in the brain. It releases certain neurochemicals associated with well-being and higher performance. Amazingly, criticism creates just the opposite neural reaction. Leaders must forever ban the term, "Constructive Criticism". Brain science tells us that we can establish a connection between the employee's work and his or her aspirations.

In this Audiobook

  • 1 - The Blue Suitcase Phenomenon—Many Leaders Create an Effect They Did Not Intend
  • 2 - Words of Life—New Brain Research Explains How We Bring Out the Best in others
  • 3 - Tactical Affirmation—Affirming Style and Competence
  • 4 - Strategic Influence—How to Give Words of Life
  • 5 - Words of Death—Constructive Criticism Fails Because Our Brains are Hard Wired for Something Better
  • 6 - Alliance Feedback—What Seasoned CEOs Know about Helping others Change
  • 7 - Extraordinary Influence for Underperformers—Bringing Out the Best in Someone Who Has Lost His Way
  • 8 - Extraordinary Influence for Teams—Three Levers for High Performance
  • 9 - Motivating High Potentials—The Four Transformations to Extraordinarily Influence the Best
  • 10 - Performance Appraisals That Lead to Extraordinary Influence—How One Famous Company Threw Out its Traditional Performance Appraisal System and the New Process That's Reaping Big Gains
  • 11 - Special Counsel to Parents, Teachers, and Coaches—Extraordinary Influence for Those Entrusted to Our Care
  • 12 - What Would Happen If We Put This into Practice?—A Call to Action