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.