On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Women in Big Data Forum met in San Francisco’s hip SOMA district for an evening dedicated to “The Currency of Influence”. This soft-skills workshop was led by Sharon Stolt of Constellation Leadership Solutions. Heavybit Industries generously donated space for this event, and food and drinks were sponsored by Heroku, a Salesforce product.
Women in Big Data Forum leadership team member Cynthia Kaschub, Intel Corporation, kicked off the event by welcoming participants and highlighting the many opportunities to deepen their involvement in WiBD, from joining a committee…to running a training…to sponsoring an event.
During the workshop, Sharon defined influence as the power to change or affect someone or something. Sharon challenged each of us to reflect on an influence situation we were facing in their own work life. Throughout the night, our pitch would be refined and honed by practicing with partners. Each pitch round gave us opportunity to add the new skills we learned in the workshop.
Sharon took us through an influencing approach (outlined below) inspired by Cohen and Bradford’s seminal work, Influence Without Authority. .
The workshop setting, small and intimate, set the stage for some insightful conversations about how to leverage influencing skills to be more successful in our work. I, personally, left the night continuing to think about the currencies; some were new to me and others I had been employing for a while but didn’t have a title for them. I now have a new toolkit that includes instruments of influence, and I will have these tools to grab when I need them.
A big thank you to Regina Karson and Fauzia Chaudhry from Women in Big Data for helping set up, register attendees and wrap up the event!
For a copy of the slide deck, click here.
To learn more about Sharon’s team effectiveness workshops, click here.