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The Influence Factor

Pope-Francis-in-the-Pope-MobileWhether our office (and title) resides on the C level or not, influencing is an integral part of our daily lives and perhaps more importantly, our careers. It has been my experience, that no matter what your title or circumstance, you have the power to influence those around you in a negative or positive way. I have identified four traits that give you influence whether you have the job title or not – likability, strong relationships, expertise and inspiration.

Because we are all familiar with him, let’s take a look at one famous face who recently bestowed his influence on the people of the United States.

Pope Francis recently visited the U.S. for the first time and was welcomed with fanfare more often associated with a rock star than the leader of the Catholic Church.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in influence, influencing, influencing others, influencing without authority, leader, Leadership, leading, Leading Others, taking on leadership roles.

5 Tips to Influence & Lead Others — Even Without Authority

Untitlvdsd-8A recent participant in a BRODY training program contacted me last week via e-mail.

“I’ve been put in charge of a large project and was told to choose my own team from any departments in the organization,” she wrote. “If successful, it will be the beginning of a whole new direction for our company. I’m very excited.”

She went on to tell me that as she was still fairly new to the company, she didn’t have a title that afforded her any genuine authority. In fact, some of the colleagues she wanted for her team were far more senior than her.

The participant then asked, “Why would these new team members listen to someone without any authority over them? Won’t they resent me?”

This is a classic work dilemma.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in communicating, communication skills, influence, influencing, influencing others, influencing without authority, leader, leading, manager, project management, taking on leadership roles, Uncategorized, vulnerability in leadership, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Power Up Your Personal Marketing, Get Involved & Get Noticed

going upYes, if you do a fantastic job, you might be noticed by the “right” people. You might be praised and rewarded. You might even be promoted.

It’s also possible that years will go by while you are waiting for any of that to happen.

“If you want a promotion, if you want greater responsibility, or you want to have your dream job or career, then you need to take charge and stop sitting around waiting.”

You know you have the talents, skills and big dreams. It’s time to market yourself in the most powerful and effective ways that will propel your career to greater heights.

There are many self-marketing strategies, but one technique that’s frequently overlooked is what I call “involvement.” This is no tricky piece of jargon; it means exactly what you might think …

Get involved, strategically, with specific goals in mind.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in branding, business professionalism, career, development, glass ceiling, leader, leading, networking, personal branding, professional development, self-marketing, success, taking on leadership roles, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

7 Tips to Conquer Workplace Conflict & Turn Stress to Success

workplaceconflictHow do you handle conflict in the workplace?

Some people are combative, some are over-reactive, some are immediately on the offensive, some are evasive, some are defensive, and some have a private little meltdown in the supply closet or bathroom — then emerge pretending there is no such thing as conflict.

Will you let conflict in the workplace make your “9-to-5” a misery, or can you rise above it — or perhaps even channel the conflict into something positive?

After all, conflict in itself is not inherently negative, it merely signifies differences in opinions, beliefs, philosophies, and methodologies.

If you think of conflict as a catalyst for improvement, you’ll be well on your way to mastering it and reducing the level of stress that it can cause.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business professionalism, communicating, communication, communication skills, conflict resolution, Leadership, negotiating, negotiation skills, professional development, taking on leadership roles, workplace, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Business/Career Goals: Change From Old School to New School Thinking

Old-SchoolThe way that businesses operate is changing in many ways. Concepts about effective leadership are changing, as is the prevalence of flex-time, shared jobs, working virtually from home, and the need to influence with or without authority based on a title or pay grade.

Companies are looking for outside-the-box thinkers and leadership abilities at all levels from the mailroom to the boardroom.

They want a “new school” way of thinking and not the “old school” mentality that what worked before is good enough.

Employers are complaining they cannot find new hires with the skills they need, and their bottom lines are suffering.

Would-be employees — particularly recently minted college graduates — are complaining that they can’t find positions that give them the chance to fully demonstrate their skills and talents.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, advocates, branding, career, Coaching, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, Executive coaching, happiness at work, influencing without authority, job interview, leader, leading, manager, personal branding, self-marketing, success, taking on leadership roles, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.