Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2008. Hardcover, 300 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148499-2. ISBN-10: 0-07-148499-X

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything is an ambitious title. And the book delivers. Dedicated to those who have curbed the cynic’s smirk and restored hope to others, the book’s engaging stories from business and daily life seduce the reader into believing that any change is truly possible.

Following in the successful footsteps of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High and Crucial Confrontations, the authors have hit yet another home run with a book that makes accessible essential tools that nursing leaders need when moving a good idea along the path to action.

In part 1, the authors make a compelling case for choosing influence over serenity and leveraging the reader’s power to influence change by becoming an influencer and finding vital behaviors—including tips...

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