Influence: ”the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command”
When we think about influence, it is something that is almost intangible. Intangible in that it [Influence] is a by-product of some other action or effort. More likely, a collection or string of actions that may go unnoticed individually, but leave a trace of sub-conscious impact.
With the exponential expansion of social media, the perception of influence has seemingly broadened to encompass a variety of actions in an effort to explicitly garner that influence. And now with a measure or scale of an individual’s influence attached to their profile, brand, or [self] worth, it affords new opportunities to exercise available mediums to enrich the rating.
It is interesting to now consider how we look at what influence is and means in reference to its Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition above. Should it change? Or are we incorrectly using the term as a descriptor of something else?
What is influence to me? Influence is an individual sharing their story of growth with me as a reference and motivator. Influence is seeing those around me learning and growing in their respective teams or role. Influence is my dog continuing to run right by my side while running through the woods not realizing the leash had become detached :) (That may be debatable, but I had to sneak that one in there. Just happened today)
Where does quality into the measure? How do we put a measure of quality on an individual's thoughts or reactions? Do we project our intentions against another person's actions?
Whatever influence means to you is what influence is. It can be attributed to one’s mental attitude, their fortitude, their mindset, and/or their experiences.
I want to share with everyone hear my article in this months PM Network, 'Open Doors' (March 2018, page 25). It is an article on the importance, value, and benefit of transparency in project management.
How do you use transparency in your projects?
(Click on below to open article)
This is a post I wrote last year, shared with my team/organization. I was reminded of it, and thought to share here ....
I had a discussion recently whereas I was asked an obscure question related to perspective.
This discussion sparked a couple thoughts ...
Perceive(v) - 1) Become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand. 2) Interpret or look on (someone or something) in a particular way
Perception(n) - 1) The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
Perspective(n) - 1) The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point. 2) A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
We tend to create stories. We create stories to help us fill the gaps [in the facts]; in a scenario, in a story, in a perceived understanding. More facts [less gaps], less filler [stories]
I took my son Colin for a run in the jogging stroller. Our run is along the Schuylkill River. Its a 3 mile stretch of a dirt path that is right on the river bank. Along the way are three small bridges. Colin loves going over these bridges. On the return trip we cross the very same bridges. Coming from a different direction, the bridges are different - perception and perspective. And even in comparison to what I see versus what Colin see's, the bridge is different - perception . I'm taller, have different experiences to relate what I'm seeing too - perspective!
This comes to light often in our daily [work] lives too. I learned a valuable piece of advice from a former manager, former employer. That was to not be hesitant to validate all are speaking in terms of a single understanding. That means, not every group [individual] may have the same terminology or definitions. The perception given is one of alignment (that's another discussion!), from both sides, but what one perceives to be the truth, may not be such when looked from the other [different] perspective.
Continue to have discussions, ask questions, and listen - from different POV's