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Power: Why Some People Have It--and Others Don't

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Persuasive argument for the power of power in your workplace and your life

    If power corrupts, why does everyone lust after it and worship those who have it? Power - used wisely - can keep you healthy, make you rich and let you achieve great things for humanity. Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior, explains why seeking power is in your best interest and shows you how to attain power and keep it. He debunks the objections you usually hear from the powerless and the powerful alike. He lays out a step-by-step guide on how to start building your power, what you'll need and, most important, what it'll cost you to achieve. getAbstract recommends Pfeffer's somewhat-less-than-Machiavellian, but still useful, book to anyone who ever has felt powerless in work or in life and wants to power up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    The traits needed to achieve power in the corporate world.

    And everywhere.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    Does a great job of distilling relationship issues that support power.

    I highly recommend it for those working to be more influential in an organization.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    A Look at Power - but it can be scary

    You wouldn't teach these things to your kids or try them on your spouse, but some how these power plays are acceptable--admired, even--in the boardroom.

    Jeffrey Pfeffer's latest book, "Power", tells us about the reality of getting and keeping power at the top levels of corporations. Early on, he tells us to forget the notion that the world is fair. People who know how to play politics become the true power brokers.

    He reminds us to reward our supporters and punish our foes (but sometimes reward our foes but move to a different place where they can't hurt you, a la long time San Francisco mayor Willie Brown). He tells us to manager our bosses, for quantifiable performance measures have little to do with promotions. Rather, complaint board members will allow the CEO to keep his job long after the stock prices have fallen and several rank-and-file employees have been fired. The world is not fair.

    I admit that I grew up with the notion of being a servant-leader. Yes, I admit that the world Prof. Pfeffer describes is closer to reality. However, it is an ugly place to live.

    Before any one becomes too enamored with the life of power, consider the cost of that power--which itself is the topic of a whole chapter. You won't be with your family. Those around you will be forever seeking your fall. You will be quarantined from knowing the real problem from the front lines. You will be surrounded by yes-men and yes-women. Finally, when the power fades--and it always ends--people will no longer pay attention to you.

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