What Influence Lists Get Wrong

GQ has released its list of the “25 Least Influential People.” Here’s the problem: The list measures the wrong thing. Before you say, “Lighten up, Connie,” please consider that I get it. I’ve spent the past decade as an executive…

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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,…

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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,…

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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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Real Versus Fake

You are living in an almost excessively “faux” world. Think about it: Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles. Manti Te’o’s non-existent girlfriend. You even witnessed exceptionally good faux singing at Barack Obama’s 2013 presidential…

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‘Just be yourself’ is inadequate advice

“Just be yourself.” As a piece of advice, it’s common—even clichéd. But it’s far more demanding than it sounds, isn’t it? Every day, you’re flooded with stories and images of people whose personal qualities you may admire and want to emulate. Haven’t you…

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