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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices by Bill English, Ben Curry

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Understanding Power Dynamics and Change

If you’re like most information technology professionals, it is likely that you don’t spend much time thinking about the power dynamics in your organization. Yet, there is nothing more demoralizing than feeling you have a creative idea or a unique skill to help solve a significant problem and then encountering resistance to your ideas from individuals within your organization. You might even be someone who has become disillusioned and cynical about the realities of how managers and peers improperly use their power in ways that negatively affect you.

What is power? Power is the potential of an individual (or group) to influence another individual or group. Influence, in turn, is the exercise of power to change ...

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