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Part 1: The Power to Change Anything > You’re an Influencer

1. You’re an Influencer

I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn’t very good at being a [university] president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing.

Warren Bennis

To get a glimpse of what it takes to exert profound influence, to literally change anything, we first travel to San Francisco and look in on influence master Dr. Mimi Silbert. Consider what Silbert has been able to do by applying the best of today’s influence strategies to one of today’s most noxious problems. She is the founder of the Delancey Street Foundation, a one-of-a-kind organization with headquarters at an upscale address on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Silbert’s company is part corporate conglomerate and part residential therapy. It consists of several dozen businesses, all headed by Silbert.


  

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