Monday, March 13, 2023


Companies today should embrace difference and inspire inclusiveness, bringing in new ideas and fresh perspectives to influence desired changes, accelerate performance and build better futures together.

It is the paradigm shift from static to flow, silo to integral, and mechanical to organic. Influence is thought-provoking, insightful, and permeating. In order to influence others in a constructive way, people or organizations present differentiated competency, build solid character, cultivate creative culture.

 It’s always important to spot innovators, change agents, build a compelling team in which all members complement each other’s expertise to influence change progressively.

Influence is made via asserting, persuading, influencers present ideas via confident persuasion and interdisciplinary expertise: People make choices on a daily basis, understanding the filters that influence their unconscious biases is critical to make a positive influence upon others. A mindset could be called influential intelligence if it can discover the patterns of interrelationship among different disciplines, and understand cognitive differences profoundly. As everything is a judgment based upon the perspective that is influenced by our own psychology, experiences and belief systems. Knowing who you are and how you react and respond in different situations can help you understand and improve cognitive, relational and assertive actions you take on a day to day basis and enforce accountability, making a positive influence on surroundings.

Organizational leaders need to fully understand the issue and decide how to remedy, and influence high performance culture. Being objective means you are not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice. Great leaders can practice expert power, have the interdisciplinary knowledge to make influence via persuasion and insight sharing proactively. They demonstrate professional strength composed of character, intelligence, and competence to make a positive influence, overcome psychological vulnerability, instill optimistic energy, share thoughts and deepen influence.

Influential organizations can actively influence its environment that will meet the objectives of high performers and high potential requests: Organizations large or small across the industrial sectors are on the journey of business transformation. Gone are the days where organizations can influence or dictate the parameters of the working relationship, business change. Organizational management needs to clarify: What are the beliefs and unspoken rules that everybody in the company knows and shares? Which core values do you need to promote to propel the organization forward? How does culture drive organizational attitude and behaviors? Etc.

Organizations across vertical sectors are transforming from industrial silos to hyperconnected holistic digital businesses. There are different types of subcultures in different divisions or geographical locations within the organization; all of which influence each other. Companies have limited resources/talent, it’s critical to harmonize differences, integrate their business capacity in order to balance business stability and growth, for driving transformative changes. The context of influence needs to be made via the clear vision, empathetic communication, and cross-boundary collaboration, on building an innovative and inclusive organization seamlessly.

Influential leaders convey their vision with clarity and inspire the team to reach the “art of possible": Leadership is an influence, which can be made through leaders’ unique competency, fresh insight, and personalized leadership styles. Leadership is not about exercising power over others, but inspiring people to achieve more and to reach self-efficacy. Usually influential leaders demonstrate wisdom and empathy. The executives with influential competence will be more flexible and less rigidly tied to top-down, command-and-control environments. Persuasive and distributed leadership is in demand to give clear direction of what's expected, then delegate power to more people to achieve strategic goals.

With overloading information and shortened knowledge lifecycle, in order to reach the state of knowledge proficiency and spread expertise influence, it is also important to identify and close the gap between knowledge and insight. High-influential leaders do not necessarily know how to answer all questions, but how to re-frame the problems by asking the right questions to gain collective insight and amplify their influence via fresh insight. Influential leaders present the ideas with confidence, pursue goals with persistence, and practice the leadership discipline with openness.

We live in such a diverse world with unpredictability, uncertainty, exponential growth, and fierce competitions. Regardless of differences, all human beings are more similar than different, it is possible to set the common principles to bridge the difference and amplify influence. Companies today should embrace difference and inspire inclusiveness, bringing in new ideas and fresh perspectives to influence desired changes, accelerate performance and build better futures together.


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