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Know Thy Aims

John Patterson, Co-Founder and CEO, Influence Ecology, Transactionalism, Transactional Competence
Influence Ecology Co-Founder and CEO John Patterson
Influence Ecology Co-Founder and Chairman Kirkland Tibbels, Transactionalism, Transactional Competence
Influence Ecology Co-Founder and Chairman Kirkland Tibbels

Know Thy Aims

by John Patterson and Kirkland Tibbels
The Influence Ecology Newsletter July 2019

The Influence Ecology Newsletter is built to serve your aims. Each issue offers exclusive resources explicitly designed for high performing and ambitious business professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs.

Human beings only transact to satisfy their aims in each Condition of Life™.

However, we can’t transact to satisfy our aims if we don’t know them. It is difficult to enjoy life and all it offers without some satisfactory articulation of our aims. How much money do we need to live the lifestyle we desire from today until we die? What identity might have us thrive in the environments where we seek to make our living? What kind of activity do we desire to enjoy (or avoid) in living our daily lives?

Transactional Competence™ is the knowledge and skill required to invent, present, fulfill, and complete specific exchanges from a transactional approach. To thrive, we must know how to transact to satisfy each of these Conditions of Life (unavoidable situations like the need for money, influential identities, satisfying relationships, and good health). We are always transacting with others to satisfy these conditions. Our specialized ability, expertise, and knowledge of this fact determine our capacity to thrive.

Before we can act a thing, we must be able to articulate it. The more accurate, specific, and distinct we are in the articulation of our aims, the more effective we are in doing the work and organizing the activities required to produce it.

“Know thy aim” is as valid a mantra for a simple transaction as it is for the attainment of one’s loftiest aims over a lifetime. At every moment of every day, you have the opportunity to accept, decline, or counter every invitation, offer, or request—according to your aims.

“Rather than study, practice, and learn the habits, behaviors, and ethics that must be embodied in order to reach their chief aims in life, most people adjust their aims to fit their current habits, behaviors, and ethics.”

Kirkland Tibbels, Influence Ecology Co-Founder and Chairman

Aimlessness is common. Know thy aims.

Our aim for the monthly Influence Ecology Newsletter is simple: to offer a comprehensive solution to keep you informed and connected to the people, resources, and specialized knowledge that helps you meet your aims.

In this issue, we welcome you to the Mid-Year Member Conferences with a new season of podcasts. In each issue, we’ll share the latest podcasts, recommended resources, plus news and success stories from our members. In August, we’ll follow our conferences with resources about knowing and deliberate practice, then in September you’ll hear the latest news about our enterprise programs—and all just in time to celebrate our ten-year anniversary in October.

Those who transact powerfully, thrive!™

Influence Ecology is the leading business education in Transactional Competence™. Our specialized study helps ambitious professionals construct transactions that accelerate results. Our practical and rigorous study programs help you face the behaviors, practices, and naiveté that keep you from satisfying your work, career, and financial aims.

Having published the only comprehensive text on the subject, Transactionalism: An Historical and Interpretive Study by Trevor J. Phillips, Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels has authored more than 500 papers on the subject, study, and discipline of transactional competence and is a sought-after lecturer at universities, major corporations, and civic organizations around the world. 

Influence Ecology’s curriculum includes conferences, webinars, online tools, podcasts, and mentorship utilized by men and women in over seventy countries across the globe. Our membership includes an international assembly of accomplished professionals, faculty, and peers from a variety of countries, industries, and cultures.

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