As I wrote here in the fall, this book has been a long time in the making—my first draft from 2006 bears little resemblance to this final product. And of course, my doctorate, which I started in 1986, was focused on power. So, it’s been quite a journey, and quite fascinating to see it all develop.
I am very lucky to have worked with Lisa Blair and David Bedrick from Belly Song Press. They have made an otherwise arduous process as easy as possible, and even, at times, quite delightful! I’m proud of the quality of the final product, and have them to thank for that. Matt Lurie played a huge role in the whole process, as editor, content specialist, publicist, and social media marketer. Many others who helped bring this book to light deserve thanks – my critical readers: Shakil Choudhury, Annahid Dashtgard, Paul Donovan, Jan Dworkin, Liz Scott, and Cindy Trawinski. My design and web production team, Jim Parker, Tina Granzo, and Bryan Capitano deserve many thanks as well as Katie Fuller, my administrative assistant who has handled so much of the day to day business. I owe a great deal to my friend and colleague, Lesli Mones, with whom I developed the Power2 Leaderlab, a women’s leadership program. Many concepts and formulations that appear in the book were a product of our collaboration. And of course, my deepest appreciation goes to Arnold Mindell, whose psychological framework of rank, and application of rank to group work, worldwork, conflict, and organizational life is absolutely foundational to the book.
And of course, thank you – readers of A User’s Guide to Power. Your comments, conversation, and interest, whether shared or not, has been, and continues to be very encouraging and inspiring.
As we start a new year, full of challenges and conflict, many of them having to do with power, my hope is that Power: A User’s Guide offers a little more insight, hope, and tools to this monumentally challenging topic. There is already a lot of great work on power, and I am happy to be in the company of others trying to shed more light on the topic.