28th March 2014

Why ‘Passion’ could be your key to influential leadership #ucisa14.

<p>Having arrived home after an eventful day, I found myself digesting Thursday’s presentations. They were full of lots of information and interesting facts, some I already knew and some new ideas that have inspired me to pass on to those around me that were not present.</p><p>I am aware that perhaps not everybody in the conference room felt the same as me throughout the day, but on the whole the presentations were well received with some interesting facts and stories. I watched three great presentations today, but I wanted to share with you the first one.</p><p>Coffee in hand, I sat down to listen to ‘Influential leadership’. The speaker was Colin Gautrey who is rapidly becoming a recognised expert in the practical use of power and influence in the workplace. His presentation today was based around helping people using integrity to do their best for their organisations. At times I found it hard to keep up with the speed in which he presented but at the same time he captivated me and I felt engrossed in what he was saying and how he was saying it.</p><p>He spoke of the need for us all to look at how we lead and what we need to do better to get the right results. Driving forward in an organisation towards a vision or a goal can’t be done alone. When we do it we need to do it with the support of others, but how do we influence those other people in our team?</p><p>Passion; using passion to influence the progress and the purpose of your project. </p><p>Keeping people interested in what you have to say, the higher the level of interest and more people will want to help.</p><p>Understanding other people in your team will make sure you engage with them to maximum effect. If your CEO doesn’t see your vision or idea, don’t ignore it, ask them why? Talking and getting the answers to these questions will help to clear up any miscommunication and any unanswered issues.</p><p>Ignore your enemies if it causes you issues, engaging with your enemies is hard work, try and understand their position and see if you can understand the risks to what you’re trying to achieve. Then you can come up with a strategy. You don’t need them to be on your side you just need enough power on your side to make your ideas become a reality.</p><p>Five rules for ethical influence:</p><p>1. Always help people to make a balanced and influential decision</p><p>2. Ensure pitches include the drawbacks as well as benefits</p><p>3. Be clear and open with people about your interests</p><p>4. Aim for people wanting to do what you want to do</p><p>5. Never mislead people into doing something that you know will harm them.</p><p>Colin concluded by explaining that the most effect tactic is the “inspiration pill”, it is the best influential tactic. It’s very potent backed with rational persuasion, but this is only effective once you know the person you are dealing with. So do the homework and you will understand your team far better than if you just ignore them and expect them to agree with you.</p><p>Being in Brighton for #ucisa14 these last two days have been great for the LapSafe® Team. Meeting and chatting to many new and old acquaintances from universities around the country, means we are already looking forward to UCISA 2015 in Edinburgh.</p><p>You can keep up to date with all of <a href=”http://www.lapsafe.com/">LapSafe®</a>; upcoming events and news by following us via our blog and on <a href=”https://twitter.com/LapSafe">twitter</a>;, <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/LapSafeProducts">Facebook</a>;, <a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/company/lapsafe-products">LinkedIn</a>; and <a href=”https://plus.google.com/106193538504303643628/posts">google +.</a> </p>

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