It is not sufficient to just read about power, you need to think about it too. How does what you are reading relate to the environment where you work, or you wish to be successful? That is the purpose of this exercise.
Naturally, we are assuming that you have already read the references below which provide the background concepts and ideas.
Take around 30 minutes and consider the following questions…
- What type of assets are people in your organisation influenced by? (e.g. status, knowledge, money, charisma, etc.)
- What are the key skills that people respect and respond to? (e.g. building trust, getting results, moving fast)
- How have you seen power affecting recent decisions in your part of the business?
- How does power have a positive impact on your business?
- Not all use of power is positive. What negative examples have you seen of power being exerted?
- How is power shaped by the strategy of your organisation?
- Which functions are most powerful and why? (e.g. Marketing, Operations, Legal, etc.)
- Which are least powerful and why?
If you can, it would be extremely useful to discuss your thinking with a close friend or colleague. Although helpful, it is not essential that they know about your place of work — the practice of sharing your thoughts can be very beneficial too.