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Radical Influence Pillar Issues Management

Pillar 2: “That issue has issues”

By Rick | December 1, 2021

To a professional in a function that can impact brand and reputation, the term “issue” is a core part of daily work that is essential to value creation.

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Pillar 1: Achieve Ninja-like Situational Awareness by Listening to Stakeholders

By Rick | November 16, 2021

A couple of centuries ago the Ninja of Japan would infiltrate castles and do what spies do. In case of trouble, they were always ready…

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New Series: Radical Influence Pillars Will Keep You Standing Tall, Confident, Competent, and Reputable

By Rick | November 10, 2021

Based on our observations across a wide range of industries and company sizes, we have concluded that there are six capability areas that, when mastered, distinguish top performance from the rest of the pack.

New Demands On Influence Functions

Corporations Need New Muscles To Enter the Fray on Social Issues and Corporate Responsibility

By Rick | October 22, 2021

Organizations can continue to foster the maintenance of expertise and technical depth by creating centers of excellence to preserve focus, data-driven decisions, and independent perspectives.

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Four reasons why “I have a plan for my career” rarely works

By Rick | September 28, 2021

Discover the typical pitfalls of career plans and aspirations, and how to ground yourself and learn your way to success.

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Systems Thinking, Stakeholder Engagement, and More Inclusive, Transparent Reporting

By Rick | September 21, 2021

Integrated reporting is the future, so start being curious about how the dots connect…

What if a new CEO is appointed tomorrow? How will your influence function fare?

By Rick | September 17, 2021

Some ABCs on how to deal with the transition. Make early conversations about value, not the budget.

It’s Time to Start Wrapping Up Both of Your Annual Value Reports

By Rick | September 10, 2021

Call it the How Well report for external, and the How Much report for internal. After touting how the business is addressing its social and environmental responsibilities, you still need to remind business leaders how much value you created and discuss how to do better next year.

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Is Sustainability Still Just a Corporate Aspiration?

By Rick | September 8, 2021

A company’s issue and risk management processes are flawed when the realistic requirement of operationalizing sustainability has not sunken into the leadership team. Issue Management is a core strategic process that must involve leaders and is considered by RIN as a core pillar of achieving radical influence.

How to Use the News Feed for Full Benefit

By Rick | August 31, 2021

I want to make sure that you do not miss a unique feature of our website, so I am devoting this blog to the news feed that is intended to increase our collective influence intelligence. It is not driven by keyword search as many search functions are. It is driven by an artificial intelligence engine that measures the degree to which articles are like one another…

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How Issue Management and Stakeholder Engagement will Save the Environment

By Rick | August 23, 2021

Having a good issue management process helps natural resource companies. This structured process recognizes the gaps between a company’s (past) actions and stakeholder expectations. It also requires that the organization take concerted action to close those gaps.

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The Many Faces of “Issue Management”

By Rick | July 22, 2021

Ever since the book by W. Howard Chase in 1984, titled Issue Management, Origins of the Future organizations have initiated all manner of issue management…