The key to the successful use of power and influence is to recognize and subtlely redirect problem behavior. The source of problem behavior is usually dysfunctional thinking, communication, and action. This dysfunctionality usually which manifests as ineffectiveness, inefficiency, and unproductiveness. This, in turn, may result from unclarified, misdirected intention.
Learning to interpret and act on what you observe can be difficult. No matter how good a leader you may be there is always the chance that you will color a situation with your own, often unconscious biases.
In addition, what is normal for one group will be different for another.
The process of shifting dysfunctional patters requires three specific actions on your part – observe, infer and decide.
Observation is the active acquisition of information from a primary source. For an influencer observation employs the senses. For the influencer well-versed in applied game theory observation also involves the gathering and recording of data via the use of instruments. The term usually refers to any data collected during the game thinking activity. Observations can be qualitative, that is, only the absence or presence of a property is noted, or quantitative if a numerical value is attached to the observed phenomenon by counting or measuring. The challenge for a leader is that what’s normal for one group may be abnormal for another and observing a groups behavior and in order to make clear and effective decisions, they may need to observe a groups behavior several times. Once a pattern is observed the next step may require making notes regarding non-verbal cues as well as the behavior of each individual or the interactions between them. As this information is integrated it is easier to isolate formally hidden patterns especially concerning subtle but unusual and possibly dysfunctional behavior.
If you have an interest in having a basic understanding of Applied Game Theory (and you need to) here is an interview I did with James Selman, a pioneer and innovator in Leadership research.
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Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals
He is the founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem-solving and strategizing based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.
He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.
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