Exercising Influence: A Guide for Making Things Happen At Work, At Home, And In Your Community, Third Edition

  • 2h 39m
  • B. Kim Barnes
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2015

Exercising Influence is your guide to accomplishing more with less effort. Demystifying the process of influencing others, this book shows you how to develop effective influence behaviors, plan an influence approach, set goals, resolve problems, and build better relationships. Revised and expanded to provide more actionable advice across industries and sectors, this third edition has updated examples and resources and features all-new chapters on influencing through social media, influencing your team, and applying research findings of neuroscience, and behavioral economics.. You'll create work, family, and community relationships that are more mutually rewarding as you apply a practical, real-world model for developing this seldom-taught skill.

Influence is a skillset that everyone needs, yet the necessary techniques and fundamentals are rarely made explicit and shared. This book is a vital resource for anyone who wants to achieve better outcomes at work, at home, or in the world at large, helping you make important things happen and create relationships that matter.

  • Develop a strategic and tactical approach to influence that gets results.
  • Resolve problems and conflicts, and build more balanced relationships.
  • Do more with less, increase your impact on others, and take greater charge of your life.
  • Take advantage of new methodologies that build your skills as an influencer.

Influence is a timeless topic for business leaders and others in positions of power, but the world has evolved to the point where everyone needs these skills. No matter your job, role, rank, or function, if you want to get things done you need to know how to influence up, down, across, and outside the organization. With improved skills, you can steer opinions, impact decisions, and sway the undecided. If you're ready to see what you're capable of, Exercising Influence will show you how to take charge of your professional and personal life in a powerful, ethical, and productive way.

About the Author

B. Kim Barnes is the CEO of Barnes & Conti Associates, an independent learning and organization development firm. She has had over 30 years of experience in the fields of management, leadership, and organization development.

In this Book

  • Exercising Influence─A Guide for Making Things Happen At Work, At Home, And In Your Community, Third Edition
  • About This Book
  • What We’ve Got Here Is a Failure to Influence-Dealing with Life 101
  • What Is Influence, and Why Do We Want to Have It? ─The Upside and the Downside
  • A Model for Exercising Influence─Building Relationships and Getting Results
  • Expressive Influence─Sending Ideas and Generating Energy
  • Receptive Influence─Inviting Ideas and Stimulating Action
  • Influencing in Action─A World of Possibilities
  • Developing an Influence Plan─Design Thinking for Influence Opportunities
  • Establishing Influence Objectives─What Will Success Look Like?
  • Focus on the Relationship─Influence Works Both Ways
  • Focus on the Context─The Individual
  • Focus on the Context─System, Organization, Culture, and Timing
  • Focus on the Context─Yourself
  • Focus on the Issues─What’s at Stake?
  • Choosing and Using Influence Behaviors to Achieve Your Objective─How to Create Your Approach
  • Putting Your Plan to Work─Treating the Unexpected as an Opportunity
  • The Ethics of Influence─Doing Well by Doing Good
  • Influencing Electronically─The Wonders and Terrors of Instant Communication
  • Influencing through Social Media─Expanding Your Sphere of Influence
  • Applied Influence─Making Things Happen
  • Influencing Indirectly─Influencing beyond Your Boundaries
  • Influencing Your Team─From One to Many
  • Your Brain on Influence─What Neuroscience and Behavioral Economics Can Teach Us
  • The Paradox of Failure
  • Coaching Partnerships
  • Influence Plan
  • Meeting Processes That Support Effective Influencing
  • Sentence Starters
  • Influence Scenarios
  • Self-Assessment
  • Resources
  • Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.


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