Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers.
Power is a force that can be used and harnessed not only for individual gain but also for the benefit of organizations and society. Power, however, is not something that can be learned from those in charge; their advice often puts a rosy spin on their ascent and focuses on what should have worked, rather than what actually did.
Instead, Pfeffer reveals the true paths to power and career success. Iconoclastic and grounded in the realpolitik of human interaction, Power is an essential organizational survival manual and a new standard in the field of leadership and management.
“[Power] ought to be required reading for would-be leaders.... [E]xcellent.” (Financial Times)
"Brimming with frank, realistic insights on paths to the top, this book offers unexpected - and aggressive - directions on how to advance and flourish in an ever-more competitive workplace." (Publishers Weekly)
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Distracted by Mr. Pfeffer's political leanings
I would not try another book from Jeffrey Pfeffer. For an academic with credentials like his he has to know he skates on thin ice with his examples and that half of the US public will react negatively to contemporary examples. Since he chose to use those examples anyway, instead of others from less emotional milieus that could have illustrated his points just as well, I have to conclude that he had at least one ulterior motive to this book. I don't care to support that kind of writing. I don't watch movies done by actors who overshadow the story with political statements, or listen to journalists who sell their political views by deceit and don't read authors who try to slip politics into books, either. The way that he chose to highlight his favorite political party with sycophantic valentines to them and damn his enemies with faint praise was very annoying and detracted from his major points. It was the equivalent of saying things like "the wife-beater got away with it in court because of his projection of confidence" on his enemies, then turning around and lauding one person who was disbarred from his home state's legal association, another who had recklessly killed someone and lied about it, and so more. Very irritating.
The way Mr. Pfeffer illustrated the health aspects of understanding power hit home. I listened to those points and forced myself to continue the book when it bogged down in tributes to his friends.
The performance was fine, which I know means it was probably extremely skillful because business books do not lend themselves to interesting narration.
I think many people could benefit from the Clif's Notes and not have to put up with the irrelevancies.
Cialdini's book on Influence is the standard for this genre. The author should note Cialdini's neutral political examples and adjust accordingly. Obviously power is a political issue so one would have to use political examples, but why not 11th century Japan, ancient Rome or anything else that is not so emotionally charged as current politics?
- Douglas C. Bates