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OLD-SCHOOL top-down organizational behavior won’t cut it anymore. Direct chain-of-command hierarchies are obsolete, fast giving way to networked, team-oriented organizations. To be successful, the ability to influence others—especially others over whom you have no direct control—is a must. You have to build alliances and persuade people, not boss them around. The ability to influence people isn’t something you’re born with, it’s a skill anyone can acquire. In his new book, The Influence Edge, experienced organizational consultant Alan Vengel teaches the influence skills needed to enlist the cooperation of others, inside and outside the organization, to achieve your professional goals.

Drawing on case studies and illustrative anecdotes from his consulting practice, Vengel introduces a powerful system of influence initiatives and strategic thinking that anyone can apply to almost any work situation. The Influence Edge details specific influence tactics that can lead to workplace success. It provides a nuts and bolts guide for planning for a real influence situation, and shows exactly how to map out a strategy.

And The Influence Edge goes deeper into the influence realm to show how to build better long-term rapport, even with really difficult people.

An interactive self-study guide, The Influence Edge offers immediate hands-on applications. Its heavily tested, practical insights are embodied in a variety of exercises that help readers evaluate their progress, reflect deeply on what they’ve read, and build a personal strategy for increasing their influence edge.

Vengel equips readers to influence without authority, sell ideas, and build relationships. The Influence Edge is designed to be used again and again. It provides a complete toolkit for turning the often disorderly and seemingly impossible task of getting someone else to help you achieve your goal into an entirely viable process of analysis, preparation, and action.

About the Author

Alan Vengel is the founder of Vengel Consulting Group, a global firm that has helped hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies improve employee performance and boost overall organizational success. He is the author of "The Influence Edge: How to Persuade Others to Help You Achieve Your Goals" and coauthor of "Sprout! Everything I Need to Know about Sales I Learned from My Garden". Vengel lives in Northern California.

Rampy is Manager of Nortel Networks.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1st edition (January 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158376156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583761564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book! Easy to read, easy to understand, just makes sense. I especially liked the way it left space for me to fill in my own real situation. So it goes beyond the theoretical to the very practical. I use the steps as outlined in the book whenever I'm going to meet with someone who I am trying to influence. While I may not always get 100% of what I want, I have been much more successful since reading the book. And I'm able to see things from the other person's point of view much better that I did before. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has to influence and/or negotiate with another human being, be it for business or personal reasons.
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This is a tremendously helpful and eminently practical book. I was especially impressed by the concept of "push-pull energy", the idea that there are two very different ways of influencing people and that you need to know when and how to use each one, or when to combine them. (Basically, push energy is assertive and pull energy is inclusive, i.e. pulling people in). It's a subtle concept but the exercises throughout the book show you how to use it to design a very sophisticated and effective influence strategy.
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It's really taught me how to handle a very difficult person and very difficult work situations. I highly recommend it for anyone dealing with the public.
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An excellent book, easy to read and understand. A book essential for any organization, big or small. It helps improve and streamline Internal Organizational Network. It provides step by step system to help in work situation. This is a tremendously helpful and eminently practical book. Alan Vengel teaches you the influence skills you need to enlist the cooperation of others, inside and outside the organization, to achieve your professional goals. Vengel offers tips for successful influence in real business situations. The techniques show how to influence without authority, sell your ideas, and build better relationships. The "push-pull energy" concept is impressive. Two very different ways of influencing people and mastering how to influence when and how. The exercises throughout the book definitely show you how to use it to design a very sophisticated and effective influence strategy. Master the artful skill of influence and adopt the techniques in a unique fashion. Its the Time factor and thought management to apply and sure, achievements drive your way to influence and reach your goals.
Afterall, Influence makes a Big Difference in Life! So cut the Edge and there, you reach the goals!
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This book provided me with a planning guide and influence strategies that I used to help me in a team meeting. I was able to gain agreement to get support I needed for my project. The information was great.
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