Quote of the Week

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
— Bob Conklin

by John C. Maxwell

Integrity – builds relationships on trust

Nurturing – cares about people as individuals

Faith – believes in people

Listening – values what others have to say

Understanding – sees from their point of view

Enlarging – helps others become bigger

Navigating – assists others through difficulties

Connecting – initiates positive relationships

Empowering – gives them the power to lead (Maxwell, 2005, p. 79).”

Reference: Maxwell, J. C. (2005). The 360-degree leader: developing your influence from anywhere in the organization. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

Many of my clients are asking how they can have greater influence on what happens in their organizations, how can they be seen and heard. Some of the solutions we’ve been talking about include creating sponsors, managing up, and cross functional work. This week consider what you have done to increase your influence and the impact. Decide what new action you can take this week that will make a difference. Tell me about it in an email to and we may share your example in a future newsletter.