Influencing People, week(1-5) All Quiz Answers with Assignments.

Influencing People

week 2 Assignment:


Describe the situation where you need to influence this person(s), and your objective(s) for influencing this person(s).

At a basic level, influence is about compliance — getting someone to do what you want them to do (or at least not to undermine it). But genuine commitment from other people is often required for you to accomplish key goals and tasks.


What do you hope to accomplish, and how will accomplishing your influence objectives drive positive results for your team or organization?

Early in your career, or in individual contributor roles, influence is about working effectively with people over whom you have  no authority. It requires the ability to present logical and compelling arguments and engaging in give-and-take. In senior-level  or executive roles, influence is focused more on steering long-range objectives, inspiration, and motivation.


Identify the stakeholders you need to influence (please omit names and other sensitive information). Why does influencing these stakeholders help attain your stated objective(s).

Logical appeals tap into people’s rational and intellectual positions. You present an argument for the best choice of action  based on organizational benefits, personal benefits, or both, appealing to people’s minds.


Design a strategic influence plan by using at least 3 distinct tactics of influence. Describe why you believe these tactics will be effective in these circumstances.

Emotional appeals connect your message, goal, or project to individual goals and values. An idea that promotes a person’s  feelings of well-being, service, or sense of belonging tugs at the heart and has a good chance of gaining support.  Cooperative appeals involve collaboration.


Be specific in describing the application of the 3 distinct tactics of influence.

Know your audience. Identify and understand your stakeholders. Each will have special concerns and issues, as well as their own  agenda, perspectives, and priorities. Various groups and individuals will require different approaches for influencing.  Tailor your influencing strategy for the particular person — considering individual personalities, goals, and objectives —  as well as organizational roles and responsibilities.

week 4 Assignment:


Describe the situation, why you need to protect yourself from this person’s influence, and your specific objectives for protecting yourself from this person’s influence.

Barriers do double duty. They keep things out, but they also keep things in. Whenever we put up barriers, we confine ourselves to the same extent that we block unwanted energy or attention.


Describe why protecting yourself from this person’s influence will help drive positive results for your team or organization.

Barriers take a lot of work to maintain. Every ounce of effort we put into creating & maintaining barriers is an once of  effort we take away from creating & maintaining something else.


Describe the person who is trying to influence you (please omit names and other sensitive information), including your relationship with this person, and your relative power in the relationship

Living a walled-up life is living a life of fear. Fear can be useful as a short-term, immediate response, but it is toxic  as a long-term condition. Even though you may not feel acutely afraid all the time – inherent in the idea that we need to  protect ourselves from something is the idea that we are either under attack, or could be. This translates to living in  perpetual “fight, flight or freeze” mode – even if only on a subtle level


Design a plan for protecting yourself from this person’s influence. Identify 3 distinct tactics of influence that this person has tried or might try in the future to influence you.

Blocking something out, does not change the nature of that thing; nor does it cause that thing to cease to exist.  What it does do is create a greater challenge, instigate frustration, inflate rage, perpetuate conflict, and inspire  a “survival response” – which can in turn, cause that thing to strengthen itself further in it’s efforts to penetrate  our defenses.


Lastly, describe the strategies you will use to protect yourself from each of the 3 influence tactics that this person has used or might use on you in the future. Be specific in describing both the specific influence tactics and your strategies for protecting yourself.

It is impossible to communicate with, embrace, transform, resolve or heal a relationship from within the confines of a  closed-off, sealed & isolated cell. Make no mistake. If you are under attack, you are in relationship with whatever is  attacking you. Even with the strongest defenses in place, this relationship will continue until you transform it into  something else. Plus, you will continue to suffer the effects of living in fear.

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