“Power is a subject that makes many people extremely uncomfortable,” Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues, but just because we don’t like to think about power doesn’t mean it’s not the lifeblood of business. “Power is in fact all around…like air and water and gravity,” he insists.
Ignoring power, therefore, won’t make it disappear any more than wishing away gravity will help you fly. Instead of sticking your head in the sand, Pfeffer suggests you get real and start thinking constructively about accumulating power. How can you do that? In the video he offers a handful of actionable (if not necessarily universally palatable) tips.
Power makes lots of us uncomfortable, but that’s no excuse for sticking your head in the sand and not cultivating your professional clout