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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 11 – Power & Politics Instructor’s Brief Overview (mini-lecture) of Points to Remember • Power is about DEPENDENCY. If others are dependent upon you…you have a source of power. To this extent, you can create power at work by becoming more knowledgeable than others, volunteering for assignments that give you information and skills others lack, by being ‘dependable’. • Power can be good (usually is)…or it can be abused. • Fundamental rule – In the long-run, if you abuse power you will lose power. • A good way to gain power…is to empower others…not try to centralize all power under your control. If you hold all the power in a unit – your employees “have nothing to lose”…and you have little ultimate power over them. In countries…we see “all powerful dictators” frequently overthrown (eventually); in business organizations, we see “all powerful bosses” eventually thrown out by shareholders responding to employee unrest and to the general poor performance that is associated with...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course MG 640 taught by Professor Brandon during the Spring '12 term at Jefferson College.
- Spring '12