Leading innovation: Mutual influence (week 7)
To lead innovation with mutual influence, build mutually respectful and beneficial relationships. Influence is two-way.
The conventional view has been that influence is tied to your seniority, position, or who you know. Influence is one-way.
A fresh approach:
In the new era, influence is mutual and tied to your ability to build mutually respectful and beneficial relationships. Influence is two-way.
Bring it to life:
- Try to discover everyone’s opinion and be patient and receptive while they make their case
- Expect and seek feedback from all that can be helpful
- Encourage people to advocate for their points of view
- Evaluate ideas based on their merits, not on who contributed the idea
- Take all employees’ ideas seriously, whether they are senior or junior, expert or novice, etc.
- Ensure that meetings and conversations are not dominated by a few voices, including your own
- Aim to step back in meetings. Avoid derailing/taking over conversations or always having the last word
- Ensure all teams are soliciting input
Next Week: Mutual Trust
Foster a culture of mutual trust based on competence and character.
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