Power Intelligence:

Insights on Power and Leadership
Catching Yourself in The Act

Catching Yourself in The Act

I recently blogged about the Recode/Decode interview between Kara Fisher and Frances Frei about changing the culture at Uber (it's a great podcast episode, by the way). One thing that impressed me was Frei’s reluctance to embrace a zero-tolerance policy towards toxic...

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5 Factors That Put Your Organizational Culture At Risk

5 Factors That Put Your Organizational Culture At Risk

How do you know if your organization is at risk of becoming toxic, or even worse, corrupt and abusive? Can you detect the signs and signals of things like sexual harassment, bullying, fraud, and other kinds of power abuse? Why do some organizations have greater...

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Underdogs and Alpha Dogs

Underdogs and Alpha Dogs

In his well-known book, Only the Paranoid Survive, Andy Grove, Silicon Valley pioneer and former CEO of Intel, recounts the story of the Pentium FDIV bug, an error in one of the earlier versions of the Intel Pentium processor. Intel was aware of the bug, but made the...

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Shining a Light on Misuse of Power—Is It Enough?

Shining a Light on Misuse of Power—Is It Enough?

Earlier this year, following months of headline-generating incidents of alleged sexual harassment and gender discrimination, legal disputes, and public protests, Uber underwent a change in leadership. As new people, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder,...

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The Shadow Side of Organizational Culture

The Shadow Side of Organizational Culture

Last year, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins successfully defended itself against a discrimination lawsuit filed by former partner Ellen Pao, by embracing a defense rooted in “culture fit.” It’s open to discussion what “organizational fit” or...

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