I have done enough for you, Apollo; now it's your turn to do something for me.
It is not always evident when you are going to make a withdrawal from the favor bank of politics, . . . but it is always obvious you are making a deposit.
To address the kinds of challenges we have described in Chapter 1, how can you influence those over whom you have no authority? The short answer is that to have influence, you need resources that other people want, so that you can trade for what you want. This key to influence is based on a principle that underlies all human interaction, the Law of Reciprocity.
Reciprocity is the almost universal belief that people should be paid back for what they do—that one good (or bad) turn deserves another. This belief about behavior, evident in primitive and not-so-primitive societies all around the world, carries over into organizational life. One form it takes in work settings is, "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay."
People generally expect that, over time, those people they have ...