A New Way of Looking at Power at Work
Who hasn’t left the office after a particularly frustrating day wondering what they could have done to turn a negative experience into a positive one? Perhaps it was a difficult conversation with a domineering boss, or an encounter with a know-it-all peer who made you feel insecure. Would you believe the way you react to these interactions likely stems from the dynamics you experienced as a child? Could it be that your childhood persona has grown into your power persona at work?
In Power Genes, executive coach Maggie Craddock reveals how to kick those old habitstrying too hard to please, acting out, using manipulative methods of persuasionand tells how to use power more effectively to advance your career. Craddock identifies four power types and explains how to diagnose yours:
The Pleaseryou make others feel good about themselves but need constant validation and approval from them
The Charmeryou draw others in with your charm, yet trust is your Achilles heel
The Commanderyou take charge of the situation and gain admiration from others, but fear any loss of control
The Inspireryou are star power in action, yet your vision for the future can derail the needs of workers right now
The book outlines a process for avoiding your type’s signature destructive reflexes and replacing them with new behaviorshelping you to interact productively with other people in the office. By showing you how to recognize your type’s blind spots and then recondition your actions, Power Genes will give you the insights and action plan you need to become a more consistently powerful professional. It’s time to throw out unproductive habits and take charge of your workplace relationships.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Maggie Craddock is an executive coach and author of The Authentic Career: Following the Path of Self-Discovery to Professional Fulfillment. Prior to coaching, she received two Lipper Awards for managing the top mutual fund in its class nationwide. She is an Ackerman-certified family therapist.
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Understanding Your Power Persona--and How to Wield It at Work
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