Yes, the author shared many remarkable ideas for creating influence. It cannot all be learned in one reading.
Some of the anecdotes stand out as great examples of influencing the desired behavior as well as examples of failed attempts.
Curing the guinea worm epidemic.
That anyone can be an influencer.
Yes, and I don't normally read/listen to books more than once. So much good information that it deserves another listen.
That the authors used real-world examples.
All of the information on the Delaney operations run by former gang members and inmates was incredibly powerful and offered tremendous insight into the power of influence.
Yes, the book gave practical advice that will challenge what we typically think will influence people's behavior.
The book outlines all of the sources of influence and explains the interaction between each of these sources. Many of these sources of influence are likely considered when companies plan an incentive program or attempt to influence change. With the research provided in the, it becomes much more clear how an incentive program or change program can fail.
I prefer a narrator who is not "in the way" of the book. This narrator did a good job.
I struggled to make it through the fist half of this book, I am not sure why, but somewhere around the halfway point it really started to speak to me. In my opinion this is not a great book, but it is a very good book.
It contains many insights into what influences our behaviors and decisions. I guess I really don’t have a lot to say about this book. I feel like I learned something from it and that it was worth my time listening to it, but it did not make a significant impression on me.
I will certainly buy the print/kindle version as well because I think it is has some good reference material. I did like the audio version very much. It was well narrated, very easy on the ears. The content was dense at times so I had to pause or rewind 30 seconds but that's how I know a book is good, if it gives me pause and makes me think.
Very well read. Clear, good inflection, no noticeable accent.
I can't listen all in one sitting but I found myself eager to drive home and listen while in traffic.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The overall text was a great mix of research, examples and encouragement. The author bought some fairly technical research to an everyday Joe level of explanation. His writing is on par with Covey from an audio book perspective to me. Not too long, a great listen on a business trip.
Yes. In addition to the anecdotal illustrations of the method's success, the book offers some good strategies for building your own successes by focusing on key behaviors ( as change or measure agents) and then engineering environments to give them a fighting chance.its a very compact and accessible book. Worth a first listen and again as a reference and resource.
To communicate its content more effectively, the title of the book should have been more potent. Influence is such a subtle word. I would not describe the inspiring, world class change agents described in the book only as influencers. This book is about ACTIVE and DIRECT engagement in problem solving in a very focused and pragmatic way.. Something that keyed off Engineering Success or Master Change Agent would convey the content more effectively.
This book is a 'game changer' - a totally revolutionary way of living.
The story about the kids hand washing.
I really enjoyed watching the video clips associated with the website to which the author directs you.
No, too much information to digest in one sitting.
I used a lot of techniques mentioned in the book without knowing it. This book was very helpful as now i can use them intentionally. Many of the suggestions/techniques are very easy to work into your daily life.
The first chapter is devoted totally to proclaiming, but not demonstrating, that the book will teach you amazing secrets about increasing your influence over people and events. It moves from there to over-hyping the "amazing" "influencers" the authors introduce. The heaps of unrestrained praise will provoke skepticism in all but the most credulous listener.
It's possible that there's something useful to be learned later in this book, but the wide-eyed, unscientific approach - even when the authors talk about experts who are introduced as having strong scientific credentials - make it impossible to know what to take seriously. If evidence matters to you, don't buy this book.