Influence occurs when a person’s emotions, opinions, or behaviors are affected by others. It is an important component of a leader’s ability to use power and maintain respect in an organization. Influence is apparent in the form of peer pressure, socialization, conformity, obedience, and persuasion.
There are workplace rules for everything and everyone. They cross the entire spectrum of possibilities of bad behavior. Anything and everything that is humanly possible is covered in the employee handbook. When and if some new and crazy incident occurs, HR immediately goes into action and adds to the handbook to cover the incident. Our litigious society and the lawyers on both sides of the table have created the environment we currently operate in. It is all about reducing the potential exposure of the organization. At least half the policies in any company’s employee handbook are a waste of space and an insult to your employees, who are not children. It’s time to get rid of these pointless policies!
Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler delivers a creative TED Talk, and discusses his practice of a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about.
Watch this thought-provoking TED Talk!