It’s back to school time. It’s the end of holidays. The nights are closing in. To combat Autumnal blues, and following on from our Influence at the Movies post, the Positive Power & Influence team has chosen five favourite sketches that demonstrate influence behaviours and styles in action, with mixed results.
MONTY PYTHON: Argument Clinic
Notes: Michael Palin reasons for all he’s worth. John Cleese proves to be an immovable object.
Excerpt: “An argument is a collective series of statements to establish a definite proposition.”
PETE & DUD: One Leg Too Few
Notes: Peter Cook involves, discloses; Dudley Moore listens.
Excerpt: “Need I say, with over much emphasis, that it is in the leg division that you are deficient.”
BIG TRAIN: Zurich Sketch
Behaviour: Proposing/Sharing Visions
Notes: Simon Pegg takes a bold step to roadblock impending disaster.
Excerpt: “Alexander’s going to be hugely distracted and confused and he’s maybe not going to even talk about Zurich at all.”
MONTY PYTHON: Holy Grail
Behaviour: Stating Expectations
Notes: Graham Chapmen attempts to assert his Kingly position . . . but to no avail.
Excerpt: “Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?”
MITCHELL & WEBB: 3rd Person Caesar
Behaviour: Positive Evaluation/Sharing Visions
Notes: David Mitchell tries a range of styles to coax his boss through the new protocol.
Excerpt: “So instead of saying ‘I am listening’ you say ‘Caesar is listening’ or ‘Caesar listens’. Makes you seem more . . .”