The Echo of Influence

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How well do you influence others?

Do you think that influence has anything to do with trust?

Why do you think influence is important in home life and work?

For many good reasons, people seek to influence others. What are some of the reasons that you seek to influence others?

How do you know that you are being impactful as an influencer?

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I have often wondered if I have been able to be a good influence. I also think about who and what influences me.

At Home? Motivated or inspired to take actions.

At Work? Accomplishing our mission, our goals and objectives.

What drives you?

The echo-fluence is the result of your influence. It is the reverberation or feedback portion of influence that you receive which informs you that your behavior, knowledge and direction was impactful in some way.

For many, influence isn’t as powerful or as immediate as a sermon. Being a positive influence isn’t about numbers either.

I did some research on influence and came across a few papers of interest. One of the papers comes from Major Gene Souza US Army .

Major Souza identifies:
(rational persuasion, inspirational appeals, and consultation) as significant in relation to managerial effectiveness. If you are studying organizational psychology, many people including Souza refer to Gary Yukl.

The challenge to overcome is the difference between influence in concept as observed and our ability to influence others in reality. It seems to me like tacit knowledge. Is this part nature and part nurture? Is influence a skill?

I’d like you to consider what happens in this scene

Why did the crew choose to listen to the XO?

I am in the process of testing, learning and applying concepts concerning influence. I am both curious to see what is impactful and effective in addition to my strong desire to help people and be purposeful in my actions. I also recognize in reflection where I have had success and failure.

I am open to learning and sharing your lessons learned as well.

Where have you found that you were most effective and impactful?

What worked and what didn’t work for you in real life? What practices or skills have you developed?

How do you measure success?

What do you consider success?

Is helping one person enough?

What makes one person more effective vs another?

What is influence?

in·flu·ence

  (ĭn′flo͞o-əns)n.

1. A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort: the pervasive influence that TV has on modern life; young people falling under the influence of a radical philosopher.

2. Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position: used her family’s influence to get the job.

3. A person who exerts such power: My parents considered my friend to be a bad influence on me.

4.a. A determining factor believed by some to affect individual tendencies and characteristics understood to because by the positions of the stars and planets at the time of one’s birth.

b. Factors believed to be caused by the changing positions of the stars and planets in relation to their position at the time of one’s birth.tr.v. in·flu·encedin·flu·enc·ingin·flu·enc·es

1. To have an influence on (something); change: a news report that influenced the outcome of the election.

2. To change the behavior or thinking of (someone); sway: negative ads that are intended to influence voters. Idiom:under the influence Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.


[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, influx, from Latin īnfluēns, īnfluent-, presentparticiple of īnfluere, to flow in : in-, in; see in-2 + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]


in′flu·ence·a·ble adj.in′flu·enc·er n.American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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