If you do this, I will do that

Influence is powerful.  Presidents can shape policy, speak actions into existence and do things they probably wouldn't normally be able to do.  John Maxwell says "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less".  How am I doing at influencing others?

If I were to survey the landscape and see how we had moved people in or designed areas that benefited people – that is influence because we got it done – they are accepting it & adapting.  Working with directors and managers is not easy.  Some people are incredibly gifted at helping people move mountains, others. . .not so much.  In Facilities, the negotiation of space is almost a daily occurence.  There is give & take, but sometimes we just have to take & that certainly doesn't help our reputation.

Reputation – what people think of me.  Character – who I am.  Do they match?  Are they consistent?  My word is my bond (Hook reference).  Well, I guess I would that they are.  I'm certainly not perfect.  My dad – his reputation & character were exactly the same at work.  He was respected & his influence paved the way for me to get into the company.  But, he told me, what you do in here is up to you, I just helped you get here.

This year I prayed that God would allow me to have more influence.  The flood of Twitter following's (even if they are bots).  The Facebook outreach.  The interactions at work.  Sometimes maybe I should have re-thought that plan, but when I look back on it, I didn't tell God only give me this type of influence.  It was left broad, because I didn't really know where I wanted the influence.  God is teaching me so much through so many different things.

Influence – I'm still on that journey!

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I help facilities manager and planner create spaces that are backed by research, engage employees of all generations, and drive business objectives. I am also the founder of Dave's Book Club – a once per month reading experience designed to help professionals grow their influence.

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0 thoughts on “If you do this, I will do that

  1. Great goals, Dave. If there is anything I can do to help you achieve your goals, let me know. If you need someone to go for long run with you or whatever it is, let me know!

  2. I’m with you on writing down specific goals and objectives… especially in regards to running. My wife and I love to run, and we specifically sign up (and pay!) for a big race, and a few  smaller races throughout the year to keep us accountable. It helps me that I’ve paid for it… because I don’t want to waste my money. :)

     

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