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Bobby Valentine; failed leadership?

This post originally appeared in the blog, Influence Without Authority.  It’s always dangerous to make direct business analogies from sports, but there are some useful things to learn from the firing of Bobby Valentine as Red Sox manager. First of all, it is quite common for the designated leader to either be over-blamed or over-praised…

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Romney; Caught in The Power trap

This post was originally published in The Providence Journal eEdition, Oct. 2, 2012. I don’t usually comment on politics, but recent events involving Mitt Romney were vivid reminders of how readily high-powered people (and lower power-people from their sides) fall into predictable patterns of self-defeating behavior. In recent days, Mitt Romney has been savaged for writing off 47% of the…

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Making A Bad Workplace Situation Better

In their new book, Influencing Up, Babson’s Allan Cohen and Stanford’s David Bradford explain how to win over powerful people. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, influence matters. Influencing up provides practical guidelines on how to get the powerful to cooperate with you to make a bad workplace situation better.

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