You’re going to hear more and more about influence. At some point, there might actually be useful stuff about how to get specific things done using it. Until then, we’re all going to think and stew.
In the new world of work, no one has any authority. We all represent a team. In most cases, more than one of our team mantes can over rule us.
So, we’re learning to manage using influence. It means that we make decisions without firm backing and try to make sure that the holes are filled in as we go along.
I’m nostalgic for the days when the boss could get away with saying ‘It’s my way or the highway.’
Here are five pieces that will help you stay on top of the dialog about influence.
- Hey FOT, Get Me Promoted Already! (And What the Bleep is Social Capital?)
Josh LeTourneau is fast becoming the online human capital industry’s resident network analysis expert. In this piece, he helps you understand something you already know: Social Capital trumps Human Capital. That is, who you know is more important than what you know. Of course this isn’t entirely true. But, in the world we are beginning to inhabit, with its flat organizational structures and multiple forms of alignment, influence is the most important management skill. LeTourneau takes the reader on an adventure through basic definitions while illuminating the way that Social Capital works. A gem.
- More On Social Influencers
Jon Ingham is an enterprise software maven in the UK. In this piece, he documents an assessment of social influence completed at a recent unconference. As we figure out how to talk about influence and the way it can be used to enhance systemic performance and productivity, we’ll be doing beautifully simple experiments like this one.
- Net Map Toolbox
This blog is devoted to the sport of mapping social influence. Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. By creating Influence Network Maps, individuals and groups can clarify their own view of a situation, foster discussion, and develop a strategic approach to their networking activities. Net MAp is an interesting way to start to develop facility with managing influence and influencers in the real world.
- Managing Experience and Influence in a Social Business Environment
There is no broadly accepted language to use when discussing influence. Even the term itself suffers from overly broad definitions. The author of this post suggests that the best foundation for influence is experience. Wisdom, gained from actually doing something is infinitely preferable to a hypothetical.
- Cynical Girl Goes All Influential
Laurie Reuttimann has a gift for oversimplifying things in a way that makes them stick. Here, she makes fun of the idea of influence while demonstrating its importance.