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Monday, December 12, 2005 1:02 PM
Power Points
Anita Sharpe on Culture

We've been thinking a lot over the past several months here at Worthwhile about power as it pertains to our work lives. Traditionally, power meant getting other people to do your bidding. These days, we suspect power has become more personal -- instead of lording it over the minions, it 's more about the freedom to do what you want.

How else is power -- or its expression -- changing? Is there a new power suit? Power lunch/breakfast/drink? Who has power, corporately or personally? Are male and female power different? We'd love to hear your thoughts.


Monica Ricci - 5/11/2006 8:28:16 PM
When I started my business 8 years ago, I was helping people get their lives organized. Now, my business and mission have evolved into helping people reclaim their own power. Not for lording over others, but for creating the life they desire. In fact, I'm just now developing a new half-day corporate workshop about this very thing. I can't tell you much at this point or I'd have to kill you. But trust me it'll be good and I'm excited about it! Livin' la vida powerful, Monica
smashwillis - 12/14/2005 5:50:10 AM
Empowering the individual, an extraordinary concept, but difficult to realize indeed.
Jerrome - 12/13/2005 12:48:02 PM
In the past decades, the concept of hierarchy as power has dramatically changed. Now, empowering individuals is the value model, not having tens of thousands of robotic people make things. We're a thinking economy in the U.S., not a manufacturing one anymore. That changes things dramatically, and brings us to a place where if everyone is creating, thinking and innovating, the value rises.

I'm thinking that in places like Bangalore and China, the world is still structured as a power via hierarchy model. Is that right or is that just my outsider's view?
Eric Arias - 12/13/2005 12:41:05 PM
I think that power is the freedom to be ourselves. The limitations to power are personal barriers we place on ourselves. Power is a feeling of self-assuredness, directionality, focus. I do think that classic understanding of power as the ability to sway people is control, not power. Controlling ourselves is more empowering than controlling others. Controlling others is disempowering - just look at how president's age when they take office. Just my thoughts.
gulliver - 12/12/2005 8:22:13 PM
Getting other people to do your bidding isn't power. It's control - an entirely distinct issue based on authority.

Real power - when considered from a genuine, rather than societal angle - is an entirely personal thing... developed from wisdom.

Sadly, in an increasingly dumbed-down programmed-to-receive age, I don't see this increasing - likely th ereverse as we yield to the latest guru/fad/whatever.

Zappa nailed it with 'It's not getting any smarter out there'. Pity.

Jerrome - 12/12/2005 6:32:03 PM
Power to me means having the ability to walk away. Not just run away when things are bad, but walk away from something that isn't helping me grow, develop learn.

Power suit? Anything with a tie. Here in New York, they're coming back...


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