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A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others, and the result is power as a force for good in the world.
It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior?
So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what all too often we forget and what Dr. Keltner sets straight. This is the crux of the power paradox: By fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place, we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can't retain power because we've never understood it correctly - until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself a good a thing.
Dr. Keltner lays out exactly - in 20 original "Power Principles" - how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.
©2016 Dacher Keltner (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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By d-lion on 03-31-17

Not great for audio

Audio felt more like a lecture and often referred to "your PDF". If you like to listen to audiobooks without stopping to check a PDF on your mobile or laptop this can be frustrating.

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By Dorsant on 11-02-16

An excellent look at social dynamics

Pair this book with 'Pitch Anything' by Oren Klaff and you have a very powerful combination. This book addresses in the simplest terms how we gain and lose basic power in everyday interactions. Pitch Anything hones on more specific examples of 'status' reputation. combine both books.

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