Tag Archives: influence
Posted on 15. Sep, 2009 by John Sumser.
by John Sumser Ask yourself “what’s the opposite of HR?”. One answer is Penelope Trunk. Where HR is all about being button-down and resolving conflict, Trunk is an agitator. The Brazen Careerist is busily shattering preconceived notions about propriety, privacy and transparency. She’s this generation’s Helen Gurley Brown. The Brazen Careerist is an update of [...]
Posted on 18. Aug, 2009 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser There’s an inverse relationship between the ability to stay on message and the ability to have and use influence. There are any number of executives who, flanked by their handlers, squeeze repeated sound bites from their lips like it was the last splotch of toothpaste in the tube. Being on the receiving [...]
Posted on 26. Jun, 2009 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser Influence encompasses a broad range of behavior and experience. The difference between influence and power is subtle. Power is the direct ability to harness resources to get things done. Influence is like power without the underlying resources. Influence is the ability to cause other people to use their resources in a certain [...]
Posted on 27. May, 2009 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser Influence comes partly from the person and partly from the position. It’s the intersection of audience and content. More interesting and subtle than sheer power or prestige, influence is measured by its wake. Celebrity is not enough; in many cases, celebrity actually gets in the way. While it’s not necessarily a question [...]
Posted on 08. May, 2009 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser (May 06, 2009) Recently, Neal Bruce (the product development genius at First Advantage) said, “If you want to be an HR thought leader, you should have some thoughts.” (Actually the precise quote was “thoughts are a prerequisite for thought leadership“). Sadly, his tongue was nowhere near his cheek. Much of what passes [...]
Posted on 01. May, 2009 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser These days, I am trying to figure out who the influencers are in our industry, I’m trying to come up with a list of 100. Then, I’m interviewing the people on the list. The whole question of who is influential is pretty interesting. Some people go to a lot of conferences and [...]