Influence Blog: Articles

Connie's takes on how and why a leader's influence and presence reverberates around the globe.

Influencing with Integrity is in His Blood

I'm pro-influence and anti-manipulation. If you are, too, your heart will warm as you read the story of 26-year old Tyler Schultz. Tyler voiced his concerns about troubling practices at blood-testing start-up Theranos. So far, it has cost him (and his parents)...

Whacking the CEO: The Bold New Moves Between the C-Suite and the Board

The CEO firing was direct and dismissive. Barnes & Noble didn't stick to the bland yet reliable “we’re moving in a different direction” script when it booted Chief Executive Officer Ron Boire. They didn’t give him a gentle heave-ho with the old standby “he’s stepping...

What Leaders Can Learn from Muhammad Ali’s Presence

He was perhaps the most famous human being on the planet. As the tributes poured in following Muhammad Ali’s death, it became clear that the boxing ring didn’t define him. Not even Parkinson’s disease, which slowly robbed him of his speech and mobility, could contain...

What You Can Learn from the Presence of Prince

You only need to scroll through photos of iconic buildings bathed in purple in the days following Price's death to see evidence of his presence. From the Eiffel Tower to the Superdome, the world glowed his signature color. As we ponder his death amid the outpouring of...

Your Presence on Camera – Why You Should Care

You're at an event. Perhaps it's an industry conference, an NBA basketball game, or even a Tonight Show taping. The action is happening right before your eyes. Quick: where are your eyes? If you're like most people, you're gaze is fixated on the screen where a camera...

The Influential Inbox

QUESTION: I communicate a lot of information to a lot of people by sending out regular emails. I spend a lot of time writing descriptions of what is happening and what they are supposed to do about certain situations. Nobody ever seems to read them – or if they do,...

Rumor is the most effective communication

Repeat after me: "I won't spread what I've heard before confirming it." Say it loudly, three times, please. Then implement. As a young journalist, my professors and news directors drilled into me the responsibility of accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. They made all of us...

Losing it Live: Michael Bay’s Meltdown

You can now witness your worst nightmare if you deliver presentations: embarrassing yourself on stage. In this case, it happened to famed film director Michael Bay – ironically, a man who directs others to deliver their best performances on camera. After an...

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