We’ve taught thousands of ambitious business professionals how to construct the exchanges that accelerate their influence and results.
Our elite membership programs have spread to 12 countries. Our reach includes webinar viewers and podcast subscribers in over 100 countries.
Influential U produces life-changing journeys from isolated, non-reproducible success to holistic, whole-life satisfaction.
Since our founding in 2009, students continue to bring our proprietary methodologies to their schools, institutions, and enterprises.
* For all the Fundamentals of Transaction Program participants from 2009 through 2021, the average personal income (during that first six months of participation) was 47.1% more than anticipated. In addition to tracking income increases, participants target and track one health aim (weight loss, fitness activity, etc.) and one money aim (debt reduction, savings, etc.). In the first six months, students met 91.8% of their target for health goals and 104.9% of their target for money goals. The average financial investment return is 305.9%.
Co-Founder and CEO John Patterson
Co-Founder and Chairman Kirkland Tibbels and a group of young entrepreneurs begin compiling this proprietary curriculum in the mid-1980s. He dedicates his continual study and doctoral work to the philosophies which underly our approach.
Since 1987, Co-Founder John Patterson has led programs and conferences for tens of thousands globally. His history includes corporate curriculum design focusing on business ecosystems, leadership, and high-performance training and development.
They began working together in 2007 and launched the company in 2009.
Customer intimacy is a strategic focus on long-term customers. We concentrate our efforts and deploy our resources on our customer’s success. Our Client Managers and Program Faculty get to know our customers intimately and offer unique solutions for individual aspirations.
Customer intimacy is not to be confused with customer service. Our customers count on us for tough love and straight talk. Customer intimacy, therefore, does not mean that the customer is always right; it does, however, mean that the customer’s aims are our priority.
Our Client Managers and Program Faculty get to know our customers intimately and offer unique solutions for individual aspirations.
Transactional Competence™ is a professional development skill. We help ambitious and discerning professionals develop the skills and abilities to accelerate their influence and results. As such, our customers come from a wide range of industries, occupations, and cultures.
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Transactional Competence™ is the knowledge and skill required to invent, present, fulfill and complete specific exchanges from a transactional approach.
This approach is grounded in the philosophy of Transactionalism (wikipedia) or Transactionalism.org.
Transactionalism: An Historical and Interpretive Study was written in 1966 by Trevor J. Phillips (1927–2016) and first published in December 2013. At the time of its publication, it was the first, most comprehensive account of the origins and evolution of the modern historical, philosophical, psychological, and educational philosophy known as Transactionalism.
Transactionalism is about the mutual transactions that make up our human condition. It is about the co-constitutive, reciprocal acts required to satisfy various unavoidable conditions of life. The philosophy of transactionalism appears across a wide range of disciplines from anthropology to zoology. Though “transactionalism” never appears in the works of the educational philosopher, pragmatist, and psychologist John Dewey, Phillips documents his conceptualization of “transactions,” which stems primarily from his work and collaboration with political philosopher Arthur Bentley in the 1949 book Knowing and The Known.
To thrive we must know how to transact to satisfy each of our Conditions of Life™ (unavoidable situations like the need for money or good health, etc). You are always transacting with others to satisfy these conditions (and they, you). Your specialized ability, expertise, and knowledge of this fact determine your capacity to thrive.
Influence Ecology teaches a proprietary framework that demonstrates a unique marriage of both subjective and objective philosophical thinking, speaking, and practices. This framework orients all parties to the location of specific aspects, narratives, and roles within any transaction and considers the Personality and Transactional Behavior™ appropriate for success. Students come face to face with a biological tendency towards the behavior they have always relied on to gain compliance and the opportunity to exploit that natural behavior.
Taking into account their unique aims, knowledge, specialization, and Personality and Transactional Behavior™, participants use an integrated and objective series of steps for thinking accurately about how to make highly-valued business offers that satisfy multiple Conditions of Life.
This fundamental model is then embodied as a platform for building and accelerating any successful transaction and its recurrence and expansion.
You could think of this as a practical and systematic roadmap to build a simple transaction (buying a burger) or a complex transaction (building a burger franchise). For an individual, these steps reveal how to think accurately about how to satisfy your most important career, work, and financial goals. For an enterprise, these frameworks help accelerate initiatives.
All in, you might expect to invest an average of five hours a week in the study and development of this specialized knowledge.
There are 12 one-hour webinar sessions over six months.
Our participants report an average of 6.5 hours between sessions (every two or three weeks) to complete a single study module.
There are other ways you might participate that may include your own research or voluntary involvement in a 3–5 person study group, which is recommended.
Your investment in your own education determines your success.
Delivered internationally, our study programs are delivered live on the Influence Ecology Campus, powered by VirBELA; a virtual campus platform. The virtual campus promotes social interaction, engagement, and collaboration with students, faculty, sponsors, and campus partners–24-hours a day from any country.
Launched with our July 2020 Conferences, we offer corporate training, educational workshops, and study incubators that include ambitious professionals from many industries, professions, and cultures. We allow students, faculty, and mentors the opportunity to connect before and after virtual program sessions to get help, form study groups, and use the campus for discussion. We offer our advanced student’s premiere program venues that serve their aims for an elite experience amongst peers.
Our study modules are offered through a website-integrated learning management system (“LMS”) to organize, track, and simplify the learning process. The webinar sessions are co-led by seasoned program faculty and successful advanced mentors and members and are fortified by peer-formed study groups.
The LMS systematically offers the study module content and its application, lesson by lesson, topic by topic. Any work you complete is saved as you have last completed it. This means that you can write something and return to any aspect of it throughout the program (and the entire curriculum) to edit it as you evolve.
The Fundamentals of Transaction Program study modules are date permitted, meaning that they are only available for your class group to coincide with the campus session schedule of your class group.
Our programs are currently only delivered in English.
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Influential U is an Influence Ecology LLC Company.
“Influence Ecology” is an abstract concept for the reciprocal, co-constitutive organism/environment relationship; we are organisms within the environments we influence and are in turn influenced by the environments we cannot escape. This is the very meaning of ecology.
Our ability to survive (and thrive) has always and will continue to depend on our competence to transact within the consequential environments we occupy, build, or maintain. Our unique curriculum offers an immersive study and practice which allows any business professional to both understand the asset and liability of their current behavior—and to construct the environments required to meet their highest aspirations.
Our fundamental philosophy is the concept that human beings are inherently, and always, transacting to satisfy a variety of Conditions of Life.
Our member curriculum takes advantage of the hidden influence of social ecologies where ultimate success (or failure) is a matter of the environment you build. Our intent is to offer a consequential environment of study and a culture of ethics and accountability.
We tend to this environment by holding high standards for participation. We decline 36% of those who apply for our programs and remove 24% of those who begin them. Most aspiring people understand themselves enough to seek membership in business and social environments where exceptional results are demanded of them. Membership in any worthwhile organization is earned and maintained through a recurrent demonstration of the ability to transact powerfully within it. Influence Ecology is no exception. Those who qualify and complete our programs enjoy the benefits of, and gain access to, an international network of ethical and accountable partners.
We state in the participation contract submitted with your application that we may remove you from the program without refund. In fact, it is this consequential environment that makes our programs so highly valued and unique. As such, we remove people who do not comply with our contract for participation. This includes the timely submission of study modules, participation on scheduled webinars, and being respectful of others’ participation. In all cases, you will know well in advance if your participation is in question.
For most ambitious professionals, we advise participating in our programs as an individual working on the satisfaction of your aims.
Early in 2018, we began to bring our methods to teams with surprising results. If you are wondering which approach meets your aims, here is a link to our enterprise program Transactional Competence™ Across Teams.
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