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From Talented Generalist to Agile Specialist with Simon Chesney

Simon Chesney's journey is a case study in the benefits of evolving from a talented generalist to a unique specialist. He's learned that specialization and differentiation can help him build a valued identity and that it’s possible to incorporate and combine his past experiences and expertise with his newly acquired specialized knowledge. Simon Chesney is

From Talented Generalist to Agile Specialist with Simon Chesney2019-06-03T11:47:14+00:00

Slow Down to Speed Up with Matthew Jackson

Ever found inspiration in the William H. Murray quote: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it”? How about this one by Daniel Burnham: "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized"? While these

Slow Down to Speed Up with Matthew Jackson2019-06-06T06:15:19+00:00

Always an Aspect, Never an Entity with Sarah Shepherd

Is it better to be more selfless or more selfish? If you're like most people, you probably treat one of these behaviors as the more preferred way to act. But have you ever considered that in either case, someone gets reciprocally dismissed? Those too selfless can leave others enabled while devaluing themselves; those too selfish can

Always an Aspect, Never an Entity with Sarah Shepherd2019-06-06T06:19:01+00:00

The Guardian of Standards with Karl Strand

Who keeps us from falling off the proverbial cliff? While some are naturally inclined to dream new ideas and others can't help but build new relationships, there is a segment of society whose entire focus and role are to protect us from our poorly constructed shortcuts. This typically skeptical personality recognizes that nothing around us

The Guardian of Standards with Karl Strand2019-06-06T06:17:18+00:00

Embrace Your Naïveté with Drew Knowles

We all can observe naïveté in others, but can we identify it in ourselves? As a poster child for ambition, Drew Knowles is a case study in embracing his naïveté. This episode describes and demonstrates what we mean by the term State of Mind: the state or condition of one’s thinking or knowing. We address

Embrace Your Naïveté with Drew Knowles2019-06-06T06:21:47+00:00

I Took Too Many Risks with Johnny Washington

With an aim to make the most money he could, Johnny Washington, from McKinney, Texas, acknowledges that he used to take way too many risks. Amped on the rush-to-action tendencies typical of the idea-oriented personality, he thought he could do just about anything he imagined. He produced many significant breakdowns, and burdened by some of

I Took Too Many Risks with Johnny Washington2019-06-06T06:21:05+00:00

Special Episode: Faculty Dinner with the CEO

Our 2018 Annual Member Conference in Los Cabos included a podcast episode dinner with a few members of our faculty. You'll hear from Vice President Drew Knowles, Dr. Gary Ward, James Walls, Marne Power, and Suzanne Pool—five faculty from five different countries—as we dialogue about why Influence Ecology has become their tribe and speculate on

Special Episode: Faculty Dinner with the CEO2019-06-06T06:20:18+00:00

The Conceit of Independence with Tara Collison, Ph.D.

Always willing to help, but never able to ask for it, Tara Collison's journey as a student of Influence Ecology is a useful case study in the conceit of independence. She discovered that her ‘independence’ was merely ego and that this view and the subsequent actions alienated others, left her exhausted, and had long-term consequences

The Conceit of Independence with Tara Collison, Ph.D.2019-06-06T06:25:05+00:00

The Elements of Value with Craig Bouck

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designs buildings and places that bring people together. As award-winning architects, their projects are sharply differentiated from competitors, but the final selection still often won to price. Wanting more control of their future, CEO Craig Bouck pursued an education in the elements of value; the firm had mastered practical utility, but

The Elements of Value with Craig Bouck2019-06-06T06:23:38+00:00

Are You High Cost? with Dr. Sarah Jane Meharg

As Canada’s authority on cultural reconstruction in complex emergencies, Dr. Sarah Jane Meharg is the principal and founder of Peace and Conflict Planners, often called upon by the Canadian Forces to help stabilize war-torn or post-disaster affected communities. She's authored two books: one on navigating the military and humanitarian divide and the other on measuring

Are You High Cost? with Dr. Sarah Jane Meharg2019-06-06T06:22:47+00:00