Clout's approach to the subject of influence incorporates biblical wisdom and stories of exemplars who have wielded influence with integrity and authenticity. Using classical analytical tools to analyse the components of influence, Clout looks at an array of people who have used influence - people like Mother Theresa, Adam Smith and Jesus.
Stephen R. Graves and Thomas G. Addington have been business partners for over a decade. For the last twelve years, they have been exploring how to blend business excellence with biblical wisdom through consulting, teaching, mentoring, and writing. This mission statement, originally scratched out on a breakfast napkin early one morning twelve years ago, has been their "'never lost" system as they have journeyed through a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors and experiments. They founded Cornerstone Group Consulting and the Life@Work journal, they speak regularly in business, ministry, and academic settings, they publish frequently, serve on national boards, and they are active in coaching leaders toward the finish line. Both hold a doctorate, both are deeply devoted to their families, and both love the never-ending challenge of meshing real life with the message of Jesus. They are the authors of Life@Work on Leadership and Behind the Bottom Line, both from Jossey-Bass.