Synopses & Reviews
“Under the Social Influence
provides valuable insight for both the Millennial generation who are struggling to make their mark on the world and business owners who are trying to understand and motivate them. Chucks book also contains lots of great tips about using social media in the workplace that could make or break a career.” --Jay Myers, CEO, Interactive Solutions, Inc
“The most important role a book can play in our lives is to provide a collection of thoughts and stories that improve our worldview. Chuck has done this in spades on the topic of social technologies and how the younger generation will be impacted by them. His ideas on the best practices for using these new tools in real life are solid and useful. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand better how their young employees, customers, or family members will operate going forward in the future, and what that will mean to your business---and personal life.” --Scott Klososky, author and professional speaker
“What a good read! Chucks book provides valuable ‘life lessons to all who aspire to start a career, as well as to those of us who have been fortunate enough to become successful. Workforce development through teaching skills and mentoring to imprint values and work ethic is critical to the future success of any business, while understanding the ‘rules of work is critical to an individuals workplace success. In addition, Chuck artfully points out how finding and practicing balance in our lives outside work is critical to our happiness. This book offers a step-by-step guide, and the questions at the end of each chapter are spot-on for self evaluation.” --Kerry Moyer, Chairman, Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA)
“For over three decades I have always had a new business book at my side. Its part of my informal personal improvement process, the result of my Catholic boarding school discipline and the sports programs I experienced for twelve years. Most of what I read goes in the trash can or is erased from my Kindle. The good books are passed to friends and business associates. The really valuable books, with life messages, are passed on to my children. This is my acid test, and I will make sure my girls read Chucks book cover to cover. Chuck Wilsons book is not always politically correct, but it is honest and built on life experiences that can truly help an open young mind.” --Bill Bozeman, President and CEO, PSA Security Network
“Chuck clearly describes all the foolish things weve done and how we set ourselves up to do them. All smart, aspiring, young people, as well as myself, can use Chucks thirty years of real-time research to help perpetuate our industry. In his book, Chuck says, Hi ‘One day you will learn that the greatest obstacle to your success will be your own fear. . .primarily the fear of taking a chance and failing. No statement could be more true, and we can all learn so much from reading this book. I will use it as an instruction manual and for online training. Im so proud to support our industry, its members, and organizations like the NSCA Education Foundation.” --Loyd Ivey, CEO, Mitek Corporation and founding member of the NSCA Education Foundation
“Plain speaking and common sense are alive and well in this book. I found myself nodding my head ‘yes time after time as Chuck explained some complex issues in basic and easy-to-understand terms and provided simple, no-nonsense solutions and ideas that anyone can implement if they choose to heed his advice. For any person who is looking to be employed, who is currently employed, or even an employer, this book is a must-read, and I can see how readily it could be implemented as an additional HR resource in any company as a new employee primer or reference book in support of the standard company employment manual. I found that in chapter after chapter I was able to get at least one good idea or thought from Chucks descriptions. In this day and age of politically correct literature, I found Chucks book to be rewarding and refreshing in its honest and common-sense approach to issues within the workplace and in life generally.” --Andrew Musci, President/CEO, Altel Systems, Inc
“If the US economy is going to continue to remain the most productive in the world, were going to have to learn how to bridge the needs and motivations of multiple generations like never before in our history. Thats a pretty monumental task! But after reading this book, I see a pathway to success, whether youre a giant multinational company or a small entrepreneur trying to make a mark.” --Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA
Each part of ""Under the Social Influence"" captures specific (positive and negative) influences that can impact a successful life and career. It uses examples of what generally happens, unique and sometimes humorous stories of what went wrong and then methods for altering the readers behavior as they grow and mature. The book appeals to Gen Y workers seeking their first “real” job, employers looking to figure out why their millennial workers act as they do, and helps everyone put life in perspective and focus on whats really important. This is a cut-to-the-chase, no nonsense, real world, tough love playbook for those struggling to get ahead and those under the influence of negative social situations.
Chuck Wilson spent the first 20 years of his career learning and providing advanced technology and integrating complex systems in high-tech buildings. The next phase of his career has been at the helm of a non-profit organization focused on industry advancement and workforce development at the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) . During that time he launched the NSCA Education Foundation whose mission is to help build the next generation of systems integration professionals and has served on many workforce development boards and councils.
Having coached and consulted with hundreds of businesses, he now steps back to share his stories and experiences on how technology and social interaction can be properly integrated to build and strengthen chances for the success with the generation now entering our workforce. Through his extensive travel and observations Wilson realized that our technology-savvy workforce faces everyday social challenges and multiple self-inflicted distractions that are seriously impeding a successful start with the Gen-Ys first real job.
Wilson has given dozens of presentations on the effective use of technology, business development, attracting and keeping the best talent and establishing career paths for todays workforce. Wilson was a co-founder of an organization called ESPA which is a collaborative non-profit group formed to educate high school and college students on the career opportunities in the residential, consumer, commercial and professional electronics and communications industry.
About the Author
Cedar Rapids, Iowa