Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

By John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut

Draws on cutting-edge research and the authors' work with Fortune 500 executives, politicians, and Nobel Prize winners to demystify the human process of social evaluation while explaining how to build personal strength and kindness.


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Book Information

Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Publish Date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 284
ISBN-13: 9781594631016
ISBN-10: 1594631018
Language: English

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December 10, 2013

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August 08, 2013

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential by John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut, Hudson Street Press, 304 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, August 2013, ISBN 9781594631016 This book is required reading at Harvard Business School, and for good reason—it helps their students become more successful, and it can do the same for all of us. There is no denying that how the world sees us can make all the difference in how successful we are, and that is exactly what Compelling People addresses. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 31, 2013

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Required reading at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. Everyone wants to be more appealing and effective, but few believe we can manage the personal magnetism of a Bill Clinton or an Oprah Winfrey. John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut trace the path to influence through a balance of strength (the root of respect) and warmth (the root of affection). Each seems simple, but only a few of us figure out the tricky task of projecting both at once.
Drawing on cutting-edge social science research as well as their own work with Fortune 500 executives, members of Congress, TED speakers, and Nobel Prize winners, Neffinger and Kohut reveal how we size each other up--and how we can learn to win the admiration, respect, and affection we desire.

About the Authors

John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut are partners in KNP Communications, a firm specializing in presentation coaching and communications strategy for corporate and political clients. They also lecture regularly at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business Sch

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Edward J. Hoffman, currently CEO of Knowledge Strategies, LLC, and Senior Lecturer at Columbia University, was NASA's first Chief Knowledge Officer and founder of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL).

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