Influence and Persuade Effectively, with Integrity.
Discover a tried-and-true framework for building alliances at work, at home, and anywhere else you seek to win people over.
Filled with powerful insights, real-world examples, and even sample conversations, Adversaries into Allies provides powerful strategies for mastering the art of influence.
Amy Melendez's insight:
I just finished reading Bob Burg's new book Adversaries into Allies and I highly recommend it!
In these times when everything is so full of negativity and conflict, when we all seem to always be ready to fight the enemy, this book offers practical techniques that will help us shift our perpective. If we apply what we learn it will help us lead better lives.
This book is the Ultimate Field Guide for my life's journey.
Salman Khan’s dream college looks very different from the typical four-year institution.
The founder of Khan Academy, a popular site that offers free online video lectures about a variety of subjects, lays out his thoughts on the future of education in his book, The One World School House: Education Reimagined, released last month. Though most of the work describes Mr. Khan’s experiences with Khan Academy and his suggestions for changing elementary- and secondary-school systems, he does devote a few chapters to higher education.
In a chapter titled “What College Could Be Like,” Mr. Khan conjures an image of a new campus in Silicon Valley where students would spend their days working on internships and projects with mentors, and would continue their education with self-paced learning similar to that of Khan Academy. The students would attend ungraded seminars at night on art and literature, and the faculty would consist of professionals the students would work with as well as traditional professors....
A woman looked out the window of her home and was horrified to see her German Shepherd shaking the life out of the neighbor’s pet rabbit. Her family had been quarreling with these neighbors; this was certainly going to make matters worse. She grabbed a broom and ran outside, pummeling the pooch until he dropped […]
Like most 8-year-olds, Myles Eckert was already dreaming up ways he could spend a $20 bill he had just discovered laying in a Cracker Barrel parking lot earlier this month. "I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to," the child recounted...
In 7 Lenses, Linda Fisher Thornton describe a clear multidimensional framework for ethical leadership that incorporates seven different perspectives on what it means to lead ethically in a global society. This framework honors organizational complexity and guides leaders through the challenge of honoring multiple stakeholders when making decisions.
Those who constantly demand and use authority don’t deserve it. Thoreau said, “Any fool can make a rule…” Longing for authority reveals a deep sense of powerlessness, unwillingness to defend ideas, and lack of commitment to work with others....
Leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are two separate issues that are increasingly talked about, though rarely in the same sentence. But you can't have one without the other. And both are regrettably in short supply.
Leadership, especially the CEO kind, is about five things:
• Setting and communicating a vision that takes into account and balances the short-term, the bigger picture, and the long view • Making tough decisions in the short-term to protect and nourish the long-term • Motivating and inspiring the troops to do the above • Treating all stakeholders well (including employees) • Creating an ethical culture to do the right thing
Dani talks about how your past could be controlling your current mindset and reactions
Amy Melendez's insight:
From the post: "Forgiveness is a choice – maybe not an easy one, but it is still 100% your choice! It isn’t about letting others off the hook, but it does require you to accept the fact you have no control over the situation.
You can’t control other people, you can only control your response to them and their actions. In other words, if you’re waiting around for other people to apologize, don’t bother. Those who have wronged you might never admit their fault or ask for your forgiveness. It isn’t about what they deserve, it’s about choosing to not let them have a hold on you."
The second leap is deciding how to take your project to an entirely new level. The way Zappos redefined how shoes were sold, Charity:water changed how fundraising was done, or Mission Chinese recreated their genre of restaurant. These leaps are...
Amy Melendez's insight:
"These leaps are what the market sits up and notices.
The first leap is deciding to be the kind of leader willing to make precisely that sort of leap."
This is a principle so simple and yet so profound, it will completely change your life if you consistently practice it. The big idea is that you must schedule time for your most important priorities first. If you don’t, you will never get to them. Here’s how.
In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about the challenges they face. Packed with fascinating ideas, informed predictions, and prescient warnings, The New Digital Age tackles some of the toughest questions about our future: how will technology change the way we approach issues like privacy and security, war and intervention, diplomacy, revolution and terrorism. And how can we best use new technologies to improve our lives? More than a book about gadgets and data, this is a prescriptive glimpse of how technology is reshaping our world and the lives of the people who live in it.
Companies have a powerful tendency to compete on the basis of their core competencies rather than on the basis of the attributes that truly distinguish them in their customers’ eyes—what William Putsis calls “salient differentiators.”
Influence is becoming more and more challenging. It’s hard enough to attract attention, much less retain it or use that attention to shape the behavior of others. And yet, in a world of scarce resources and mounting pressure, the ability to influence others becomes more and more central to the ability to set big things in motion.
As a leader who coaches top talent every single day, I am often asked the question: “What is the secret to your success?” Every time I am asked, I am reminded of the words I so often heard from one of the most impactful leaders I ever encountered:
“Make it happen, Private Hughes! Make it happen!” –Drill Sergeant Butler
These words that once tortured me are now my Holy Grail of success. Hence, my response is always those three words – Make. It. Happen.
Things Every Courageous Leader Knows Forbes Are you a courageous leader? Do you boldly share new ideas and drive plans to completion? Do you give your team the confidence it needs to accomplish your goals?
"Leadership is all about change. When something changes, the leader is in charge of deciding how to respond. There will be many people who oppose change, especially those who are comfortable with the status quo. "