Power by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Why Some People Have It and Others Don't

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The book not only shows how to secure power, but also deals with the setbacks along the way...It's based on a course Prof. Pfeffer has been teaching, and so has a commendable blend of research and practical advice.
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In this crowning achievement, one of the greatest minds in management theory reveals how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

Over decades of consulting with corporations and teaching MBA students the nuances of organizational power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has watched numerous people suffer career reversals even as others prevail despite the odds.

Our most common mistake is not having a realistic understanding of what makes some people more successful than others. By believing that life is fair, we tend to subscribe to the “just-world phenomenon,” which leaves us unprepared for the challenges and competition of the real world.

Now Pfeffer brings decades of his incredible insights to a wider audience. Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings based on his research, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers. Power, he argues, 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.

 

About Jeffrey Pfeffer

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Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, and has also held visiting professorships at the Harvard Business School, London Business School, IESE Business School in Spain, and other institutions.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Harvey Schachter on Sep 10 2012

The book not only shows how to secure power, but also deals with the setbacks along the way...It's based on a course Prof. Pfeffer has been teaching, and so has a commendable blend of research and practical advice.

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