Lucky for all of us, this week’s book is a pleasant and easy read. Steven Pearce, author of Secrets of Influential People, is a coach and facilitator in the United Kingdom. He combines a wealth of well-known and obscure quotes at the beginning of each chapter with nuggets of advice and lots of real world experience from others.
For each chapter, Pearce offers three salient points to illustrate the chapter title and then follows it with a synopsis at the end. Each chapter is brief and chatty He talks about how being influential doesn’t necessarily mean having the most brilliant ideas, but the most transferrable ones. If you, as the reader, can’t fit the ideas presented into your work life, they won’t be useful at all.
He also talks about building a “tribe” at work. Although another way of saying you should create a cohesive work group, “tribe” adds a rather exotic flair to the description. It makes you feel as if you could be Robinson Crusoe finding your man Friday.
The author subtly builds up your confidence through the course of the book with little nudges towards success that you will come to believe were hatched in your brain and not his. This is not a bad thing, and the author would not, I believe, take offense if the reader claimed some of these ideas as their own.
This may not be in your top ten of books to read as it doesn’t appear on a best seller list of business books, but it certainly provided me with many flashes of recognition as to what I do wrong and what I am already doing right.