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Being a good influencer

Posted on: August 24, 2011

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer is a great story of how to influence others to do the work you are supposed to do.

The metaphor of getting someone else to paint your fence is one of life’s dreams in business.

Influencing is a key competence for all managers.   The dictionary definition says to influence is to ‘cause something without any direct or apparent effort’ and ‘a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do’

So, to use the stick method or the carrot method?   Carrot works best.   This is because once you begin to use the stick; you need to continue to use it and that simply leads to a disgruntled workforce.   The carrot works better but only if you understand what motivates your people.

In order to understand what it is that motivates them, make sure you fully connect with your people

Getting up each day knowing that the company (and your boss) value you and your work, can be very motivating and lead to great results.

Connecting with your people – understanding what their issues are; understanding what they need; what you can do to assist them

Talk to the people who report to you.  Ask them what you can do to make their work lives easier.

Help your people understand why you have asked them to do whatever you have asked them to do.

Helping the employee see how his or her contributions will make a difference is a good response to the ‘why’ question.

You will have to believe it first.  Employees who contribute do make a difference.

Be willing to celebrate personal and team contributions.   Appreciate.

The best part of being a good influencer is when you ask for employee input on how to make work better.

Staff contributions are valued.

Be out there with them

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Elizabeth Kuhnke’s ‘Persuasion and Influence for Dummies’ will be released in October and is available for pre-order now http://www.amazon.co.uk/Persuasion-Influence-Dummies-Lifestyles-Paperback/dp/0470747374/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314173018&sr=8-1

4 Responses to "Being a good influencer"

Yet another post which has arrived just at the right moment and with the right message Elizabeth. Thank you!
I am going to link your blog to my fortnightly ezine, which transmits to 1000s across the globe tomorrow.
Look out for it here:

Ever Positive,

Hi Eilidh
Love that my post arrived at the right time with the right message for you. Thanks for posting it on your blog which I think is terrific. Didn’t know the origin of the word ‘holiday.’ Don’t you love it when you learn something new. And have I really used the word ‘love’ twice already? I’m obviously full of the feeling!

It is not easy to influence others. In my own opinion by doing good to your fellow people or neighbors and by being a good example you can influence people. You can influence them to do good and they will follow your steps.

Doing good to others is always the path to take. To influence others over a long period of time you must treat them with respect and develop rapport with them. I agree with you about acting as an example for others and setting a standard for them to follow.

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