Whether you need to change something in your life or make changes at work, influence is your friend. I just finished a 2 day course on influence. It exceeded my expectations. It was jam packed with insight and action I can use on the job. I walked away with an effective framework for diagnosing problems of all shapes and sizes. I think of it as "skilled change management." Rather than push on a problem from one angle or throw one solution at it, I can inspect the problem from multiple dimensions and find the best leverage points. The heart of the approach is thinking in terms of motivation and ability, and then analyzing from a personal, social, and structural perspective. Another key is finding and focusing on vital behaviors that exponentially improve your results.
I wrote up my notes from my training, put them on my other blog, Sources of Insight. The post is Influencer - The Power to Change Anything. So far, I've shared my notes from day 1, but I still need to write up and share notes from day 2.