Influencing Powerful People – #13

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This is the 13th and final Thought Post in a ‘Baker’s Dozen series’, with Dirk Schlimm’s wisdom being the main ingredient.

Here’s the 13th quote taken from Dirk’s book, ‘Influencing Powerful People‘:

“Be ready to discuss issues when the situation is favorable and postpone when the time is not right.”

Intelligent people:

  • anticipate situations,
  • prepare options for their responses to those anticipated situations, and
  • when the anticipated situations become reality, implement prepared and favourable responses.
Good and important examples of intelligent business people thinking before taking action include business processes known as corporate governance, risk management, marketing, sales, staffing, recruiting, etc.
All these processes gain advantage from planning the work before working the plan. Here’s a link to an article titled, ‘Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan‘.
Dirk helps you understand how to plan and implement influence when you want to influence people who have influence over you.
When intelligent people go to the trouble of anticipating and planning responses to situations, they are motivated by desires to succeed and achieve goals. When intelligent people work for powerful/influential people, they do better when they know how to influence those powerful people in ways that result in success [for themselves and for the powerful people]. This is a key message, if not the key message, in Dirk’s book.
Many people whine and complain about the actions of powerful people. That’s one choice. After reading Dirk’s book, intelligent business people will know there is a far better choice. And, they will be able to use the ideas and wisdom Dirk has shared to anticipate powerful-boss situations, plan how to handle those situations and implement actions that bring success for all involved.
That’s the value Dirk provides in person and in his writing!
And, it is an exciting time. We are less than one week away from Dirk’s visit to Waterloo Region.
If this CFFB Signature Event isn’t already sold out, you still have time to make an amazing investment – as you buy a ticket.
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