Build your platform
Influential people do not have to rely on office and status for power. They create their own form of informal power. They all have a platform which they cultivate carefully. These platforms represent a short cut to power and influence. Instead of waiting and hoping for promotion, these platforms offer influence and power in a hurry.
There are four main types of platform you can use:
- Influential people: borrow credibility and influence.
- Influential places: go where the power is.
- Claims to fame: build your personal platform.
- Agenda control: have a plan.
It is possible to grow all four sorts of influence at the same time. Influential people and places are about borrowing a platform for influence. They are short ...