Power In The Public Eye

If you’ve been reading my blog, or following me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn,  you know that I think about about power. A lot. While it's easy to identify failures of leadership and abuse of power, do we know, and can we define, what healthy and effective use of...

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Weakness or Wickedness?

“It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power.” So wrote John Adams over two centuries ago. It's controversial, but rings true in my work with leaders and research on power. I posted this article below on...

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Are You Outsourcing Your Power?

This post was published last week on my LinkedIn page.  I’ve been fortunate to have some amazing teachers throughout my life. But there have also been a few doozies. My 9th grade history teacher, Mr. Woodward, for instance, was renowned for his obsession with seating...

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Learning to the beat of your own drum

I’m just wrapping up a 2+ week trip to Zurich and Prague. A few more things to do, and then I fly home. It’s been a great privilege to teach – as it always is – and especially to teach people from so many different cultures, countries, and contexts. Here in Prague, in...

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How Deadlines Change My Thinking

I’m Day 3 into a big writing project, trying to finish my book on power which seems to have been taking an eternity. I awoke on Day 1, and noticed I was nervous. I've got a deadline, and it's a tight one. As I was waiting for my computer to boot, I started writing...

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Do you know the impact you’re making?

For those who may not have heard, Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber recently resigned due to ethics concerns, and today, former Oregon Secretary of State, Kate Brown, was sworn in as the new Governor. In his resignation speech, Kitzhaber said: "I must also say that it...

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Do We Need a Power Intelligence?

Last week I published a video on The New Rules of Power, and spoke about what a concept of "power intelligence" would look like. For those interested, here is a more in-depth exploration of the topic.  This May I will be in Prague participating in a conference,...

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