Influence is defined as the following:
1. the effect of something on a person, thing, or event
2. power to sway by means of argument or force of personality
3. special advantage: the power or authority that comes from wealth, social status, or position
For me influence is defined as helping others succeed. It may be a task, in business or life but it is their definition of success, not mine. Although I may not be the one with the answer, idea or product, I strive to connect folks, helping them move forward. It could be as simple as two people who haven't met but have a lot in common personally or professionally. For example perhaps someone needs a painter, electrician, phone system or physician. You might say why? Is there a potential risk to my reputation? I'm not saying connect for the sake of it, rather if personalities, goals and needs align… why not?
I was offered an opportunity outside my field of expertise recently. I thanked the individual for their gracious offer, however, I declined. It wasn't a fit for me personally. Three weeks later, I was generously introduced to another sales person who successfully navigated a social media hurdle and was willing to openly share their successful model with me. As the conversation progressed, there were changes a foot at the employer. This instability created a need for a job search. At the conclusion of our meeting, I asked if an introduction was appropriate and provided the business card of the individual who offered me the job 3 weeks prior.
Call it good karma, win-win; I see it as successfully helping, connecting and influencing. Go-Givers look beyond their needs and focus on how can one help another.
Technology Advisory Group (TAG) was founded in 1996 as a
technology consulting and computer networking services’ company serving small
and medium businesses in the Rhode Island, South Eastern Massachusetts and
Eastern Connecticut areas. Since that time, TAG has grown and has been listed in the
Providence Business News as one of Rhode Island’s "Fastest Growing
Technology Companies" every year from 2003 -2008.
TAG carefully partners with a select group of vendors and
continuously researches the latest technology solutions to provide hardware,
software and services that make the most sense for your company. Our typical
client is small to medium sized businesses that need the resources of an IT
Department on an outsourced basis for a fixed monthly investment. They are
interested in benefiting from the varied and extensive experience of
our staff to recommend and implement Technology Solutions that allow them to
become more efficient, professional, secure and profitable.