Power

Power

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

Book - 2010
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Over decades of consulting with corporations and teaching MBA students the nuances of organizational power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has watched numerous people suffer career reversals even as others prevail despite the odds. Our most common mistake is not having a realistic understanding of what makes some people more successful than others. By believing that life is fair, we tend to subscribe to the "just-world phenomenon," which leaves us unprepared for the challenges and competition of the real world. Now Pfeffer brings decades of his incredible insights to a wider audience. Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings based on his research, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers. Power, he argues, is a force that can be used and harnessed not only for individual gain but also for the benefit of organizations and society. Power, however, is not something that can be learned from those in charge -- their advice often puts a rosy spin on their ascent and focuses on what should have worked, rather than what actually did. Instead, Pfeffer reveals the true paths to power and career success. Iconoclastic and grounded in the realpolitik of human interaction, Power is an essential organizational survival manual and a new standard in the field of leadership and management. -- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperBusiness, ©2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061789083
0061789089
Branch Call Number: 650.1 P524p 2010
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 24 cm

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Mar 30, 2017

Decent book but slightly outdated (references to people like GE's Neutron Jack, focus on power players in the 1980s/early 90s.) I liked the chapter that candidly discussed the downsides of power (always being under scrutiny, etc.)

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