Category Archive: Power

The Real Truth About Empowerment Pt. 2

The danger of power is the illusion that you know more than those who don’t have it. “Power is the ability to afford not to learn.” Karl Deutsch What you do when you… Continue reading

The Real Truth About Empowerment

People who feel powerless sleepwalk through opportunities, view change as threatening, and hide behind obstacles. Feeling weak squanders usefulness. Powerless people use things they can’t control as reason to reduce effort, pull back,… Continue reading

How to Expand Power

When leaders control followers, followers lose power. Control is a zero sum game until leaders use their power to expand the power of others. Two choices for the disempowered: Disempowered people have two basic… Continue reading

16 Expressions of Underhanded Resistance Pt. 2

The danger of underhanded resistance is you don’t see it coming. Skillful leaders know polite foot dragging, agreement without follow through, and recurring “confusion” are underhanded resistance. Malicious or innocent: Underhanded resistance is… Continue reading

5 Ways Incompetent Leaders Dis-Empower Good People

Don’t expect bold performance from dis-empowered people.  You drain, discourage, and demotivate, if your goal is conformity. An egotistical need for control – in those with positional authority – dis-empowers others. In reality, incompetent… Continue reading

4 Ways to Fix What’s Wrong with Accountability

The chief end of accountability is nudging people toward their potential by leveraging untapped talent. The secondary end of accountability is getting things done. Who you are comes before what you do. #1. Choose internal before… Continue reading