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

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

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by Jeffrey Pfeffer
     
 

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“Pfeffer [blends] academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.”
—Jim Collins, author of New York Times bestselling author Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall

 

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“Pfeffer [blends] academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.”
—Jim Collins, author of New York Times bestselling author Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall

 

Some people have it, and others don’t—Jeffrey Pfeffer explores why in Power. One of the greatest minds in management theory and author or co-author of thirteen books, including the seminal business school text Managing With Power, Pfeffer shows readers how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

Editorial Reviews

The Economist
“[Academics and consultants] have an interest in presenting business as a rational enterprise.... This leaves the analysis of power to retired businesspeople...(who strive to present themselves as business geniuses rather than Machiavellis) and practicing snake-oil salesmen…Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford Business School is an exception to this rule.”
Financial Times
“[Power] ought to be required reading for would-be leaders...[E]xcellent.”
Inc.
“[Power] will help you get comfortable with challenging assumptions and lingering on the pause....[Pfeffer] draws on a wealth of social-science and psychology research.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“Jeff Pfeffer nails it! Political skill, not just talent, is central to success in every field. In Power, this leading scholar comes down to earth with practical, even contrarian, tactics for mastering the power game.”
Jim Collins
“Jeff Pfeffer is of immense service to the world with his work, blending academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.”
Robert Cialdini
“Talk about speaking truth to power! In refreshingly candid prose, Jeff Pfeffer offers brilliant insights into how power is successfully built, maintained, and employed in organizations. It’s well known that when Pfeffer speaks about power, smart people listen. This book shows why.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062010612
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
180,636
File size:
488 KB

What People are saying about this

Robert Cialdini
“Talk about speaking truth to power! In refreshingly candid prose, Jeff Pfeffer offers brilliant insights into how power is successfully built, maintained, and employed in organizations. It’s well known that when Pfeffer speaks about power, smart people listen. This book shows why.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“Jeff Pfeffer nails it! Political skill, not just talent, is central to success in every field. In Power, this leading scholar comes down to earth with practical, even contrarian, tactics for mastering the power game.”
Jim Collins
“Jeff Pfeffer is of immense service to the world with his work, blending academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.”

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has authored or coauthored fourteen books and is a highly sought-after expert on the subject of power and leadership. He is widely considered one of the leading management experts in the world. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at London Business School, Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, and IESE. He has served on the boards of several human capital software companies as well as on a variety of public and nonprofit boards. He lives in Hillsborough, California.

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Power 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
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.
Chubby_Hubby More than 1 year ago
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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Charles56 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend it for those working to be more influential in an organization.