our regular readers, this book is not about project management per se, but it
is about the very underpinning of project management INFLUENCE
through communication. After all, the book itself is an interesting project. Our
Author Stacey Hanke introduces her book by asking this question: "How influential
are you ... really?"
goes on to say:
"If you aren't getting the results you want
as an individual, as a leader, as a professional perhaps you're
not as influential as you think you are. I realize that's a bold statement just
a few sentences into a book. After all, I don't even know you.
what if I am right?"
Stacey then provides a case in
point and concludes that most people believe they are more influential than they
actually are. Collectively, they have a misperception of what influence is and
an outdated, inadequate understanding of what it means to be influential.
She suggests that as a consequence of modern technology,
the people you are trying to influence are typically not paying attention to you.
If you don't have their attention, you can't influence them!
her interpretation of "Influence" as follows:
- "Monday to Monday consistent actions all the time,
in all situations, that are congruent with your purpose and priorities
people to action long after the interaction is over
a stand out experience that separates you from the crowd
on verbal and nonverbal communication
- Measures not by how you felt
but by the results you consistently achieve
- A skill that can
be developed by anyone through feedback, practice and accountability."
so many others, this is the sort of soft skill that we all wish we had been exposed
to early on in our professional careers. In this case, the objective of Stacey's
book is to encourage the reader to climb the ladder of Self-awareness to Influence
through a cycle of: Practice, Accountability and Feedback. What a difference this
can make to aspiring project managers and their team players! As Stacey says:
"My purpose with this book is to ... share a proven, step by step method for how
to get there.
About the author
Stacey Hanke's passion is teaching
others how to communicate with influence Monday to Monday. As a keynote speaker
and mentor to C-suite executives, she helps individuals see through the eyes and
ears of their audiences. She claims the result is career-changing insights. Stacey
has authored articles for BusinessWeek.com and is the co-author of Yes You
Can! Everything You Need from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. Stacey
attributes her drive and Monday to Monday work ethic to the lessons she learned
from her parents, lifelong Midwestern dairy farmers. Stacey can be reached at:
Hanke, Stacey, Be the Leader you were meant to be, Monday to Monday® INFLUENCE
REDEFINED, Green Leaf Book Group Press, published by Smith Publicity Inc., Cherry
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2. Ibid, p4
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4. Ibid, p5. The bold text is the author's
5. Ibid, p7
6. "Monday to
Monday" is a registered trademark.