In order to affect the outcome of the decision making process within an organisation or group, there are three elements to consider. Power, interest and influence.
Let me define each of them.
Power is quite formal. It is often something that is given and can usually be determined by status, authority or access to resources.
Interest is about willingness to buy into a particular agenda, the alignment to a specific goal or a shared or common objective.
And influence is less formal than power. It is something which can be taken rather than given and is based on perception, profile and connection.
These three factors are the reasons why people join clubs, societies or networks as they allow people the opportunity to develop power, shape interests and build influence. And it’s been at the core of human behaviour for thousands of years.
The equation is a simple one. The greater aggregate power, interest and influence any one person or group has, then the more likely they are to be able to determine the outcome of any particular initiative. The less aggregate power, interest and influence any one person or group has, then the less likely they are to be able to determine the outcome of any particular initiative.
So, three questions to consider ahead of tomorrow’s vote as we assess our place in Europe and the rest of the world:
- Are we more powerful in or out of the EU?
- Are we more able to guide and direct the international agenda in or out of the EU?
- Are we more able to influence on a global scale if we are in or out of the EU?
Whatever the result of tomorrow’s vote, one thing is clear. Whether the decision is to stay or go, it will still be down to each of us to make the most of what we have. No one is going to give us a lifeline, hand us opportunities on a plate or do the hard work for us – that will be down to us. And regardless of whether we continue forward as a member of one of the most peaceful and successful regions in the world, that will still hold true.
However, our Power, Interest and Influence may well change.