Power Intelligence:

Insights on Power and Leadership
Is It Time to Get Rid of Hierarchy … Or Upgrade It?

Is It Time to Get Rid of Hierarchy … Or Upgrade It?

The Case for Flat Organizations It’s hard to fathom just how dramatically the pace of change has increased in the last two decades. This infographic gives you an idea.  While it took 50 years for airlines to reach 50 million users, Pokemon Go hit 50 million users in...

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DEI Data: Understanding the What and the Why

DEI Data: Understanding the What and the Why

DEI Data Introduction Conventional wisdom states that every successful DEI strategy starts with data. Because using data makes the difference between an effective diversity and inclusion initiative and a tick-the-box exercise.  Data helps you establish benchmarks,...

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The Psychology of Power

The Psychology of Power

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. –Abraham Lincoln   What is the Psychology of Power?  Power is a game changer. Rising higher in rank changes you and changes how others relate to you.  Even with just a...

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Talking to People in Power? Don’t Forget your Own!

Talking to People in Power? Don’t Forget your Own!

For many people, one of the most difficult (and unnerving) parts of day-to-day work life is speaking to authority. I jokingly refer to this as a feudal hangover—the knee jerk reaction we have, to rank (see for example Monty Python’s Class System sketch from 1966)....

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Receiving (And Giving) Feedback

Receiving (And Giving) Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback is enough to make anyone sweat. And that's understandable. It’s uncomfortable to have to tell someone something they may not want to hear. And, of course, no one likes to hear that they are not making the impact they thought they were....

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How Your Personal Power is Sabotaged by Your Insecurity

How Your Personal Power is Sabotaged by Your Insecurity

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. –Maya Angelou Most of the time, we’re our own worst critics. And it’s not easy to silence the critical voice inside our heads. We compare ourselves to others, doubt our own abilities, and make...

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How to Make Working from Home Work For Everyone

How to Make Working from Home Work For Everyone

Building trust, creating inclusion and fostering collaboration on virtual teams. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 5 worked remotely (20%). Now, an astonishing 71% of all workers work from home. And very likely, that number will remain high as many companies—and many...

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4 Ways to Improve DEI: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

4 Ways to Improve DEI: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) isn't just a buzzword, but a key component of any successful organization, one in which people can bring their very best selves to work. But how do we get there? How do we move from a commitment to a truly inclusive culture—from...

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5 Challenges to Effective Leadership

5 Challenges to Effective Leadership

Effective leadership requires the ability to use power effectively. And most ineffective leadership stems from a leader's misuse of power. Why? Because power comes with the means for its own misuse. And this makes it easy to fall into its traps for personal gain. Yet...

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