Influence Is Not The Same As Winning An Olympic Gold Medal: It Has To Be Earned Constantly

As I sit down to write this article, the Winter Olympics are underway. Athletes from across the world will be straining every muscle to win a coveted gold medal and get their names etched into the history books for the rest of time.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the business world, gaining influence is not a one-time deal. Influence needs to be constantly earned, protected and nurtured, or else it will quickly wither and die. There are two types of influence: the valuable form of influence which is earned, and forced influence, which is much less useful and can even potentially create adverse problems within a company.

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