11 The Paradox of Power

The paradox of power refers to the seeming conundrum: how to use power effectively while at the same time enabling the power of others. The seeming dilemma—either using power or giving it away—is the paradox. And high performance emerges from coming to understand and transcend the paradox of power.

The whole of the journey from traditional to evolutionary—in all of its aspects—can be understood through the lens of effective use of power. There are many traps on this journey, from the wholesale abandonment of the hierarchy to creating too much autonomy before people are adequately prepared. Whether you are coming from a more traditional management mindset or a seemingly progressive one, be prepared to have your beliefs ...

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