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

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

by Jeffrey Pfeffer

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ISBN-13: 9780061789083
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Pages: 273
Sales rank: 194,355
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Pfefferis the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Leadership B.S., Power, The Human Equation, Managing with Power, and The Knowing-Doing Gap. Pfeffer has led seminars in thirty-nine countries and for numerous US companies, associations, and universities. He has won many awards for his writing, has an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and was listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers50, and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. He lives in Hillsborough, California.

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.”

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Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 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.
gsatell on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I usally like Pfeffer's stuff, but this one was a bit disappointing.
Dangraham on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Great book about politics and influence in the workplace.
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Charles56 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend it for those working to be more influential in an organization.