Power

Why Some People Have It and Others Don't

by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Number of pages: 288

Publisher: HarperBusiness

BBB Library: Success

ISBN: 9780061789083



About the Author

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author of thirteen books, and has been visiting professor at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

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Editorial Review

Why You Should Want Power? First of all, having power is related to living a longer and healthier life. Second, power, and the stature that accompany power, can produce wealth. Third, power is part of leadership and is necessary to get things done.   Finding the right place for you requires several steps. First, you must be brutally honest about your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences – and because of the self-enhancement motive, not many people are as objective about themselves as they need to be. Second, you can’t get trapped into following the crowd and doing something just because everyone else is. Third, to pick the right place for yourself, you must be objective not only about yourself but about the job and its risks and opportunities.

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" Pfeffer - a Stanford professor - debunks many common misconceptions we have about power" - CNBC

" the rare birds beginning their careers, in a rut, or simply open to learning more about themselves, Power is the book for you." - New York Jornal of Books

"I learned valuable lessons from Power. I think you will too." - Germane Coaching and Consulting

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Wisdom to Share

Finding the right place for you requires several steps.

In a power-and-celebrity-obsessed culture, to be “out of power” is to be out of the limelight, away from the action, and almost invisible. It is a tough transition to make.

If you are going to misbehave in any way, do so before you achieve a high-level position that makes you the object of constant attention by peers, subordinates, superiors, and the media.

The best way to build relationships with media people is to be helpful and accessible.

You need to think strategically about the dimensions or elements of the reputation you want to build.

One source of power in every interaction is interruption.

Take your Time in Responding: Breathe and take time to collect yourself – you will be much more effective than if you just rush into the situation.

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People who express anger are seen as “dominant, strong, competent, and smart,” although they are also, of course, seen as less nice and warm.

Most people avoid difficult situations and difficult people. If you can handle difficult conflict-filled and stress-filled situations effectively, you have an advantage over most people.

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There is no learning and personal development without reflection

Organizational life can be irritating and frustrating and can divert people’s effort and attention. Ambition can help people overcome the temptation to give up.

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