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What is an influencer? Why it is relevant in today’s work environment? How do you become one?

What is an influencer?  Why it is relevant in today’s work environment? How do you become one?

The first time I heard the phrase 'become an influencer,' I have to admit I struggled with the idea of moving the needle without having authority. I had to sit back and reflect on my career and career of some of my mentors, and I realized that without knowing we all had at some points in our life been “a person of influence”. It was about our ability to influence people and shape outcomes without having any authority over them.Easy to say. But how do you craft a road map that allows you to have influence over outcomes and events without power and authority? How can you chart a course that can withstand the next reorganization or merger or change in your boss. How do you control your destiny?B

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Nicole Eva Fraser, MFA

Thank you, Priya, for this information-rich and accessible article about becoming an influencer. I appreciate how you present key concepts concisely and share your real-life examples. One of my favorite parts of the piece is your answer to the question "How do you build up your social/political capital both personally and professionally?" -- you captured it so well and created a wonderful checklist I will keep handy. Appreciatively, nicole

June 20, 2014

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