CHAPTER ONE

Discovering Your Power Genes

Even the most talented and skilled professionals among us often don’t grasp how to navigate the power dynamics that play out in many business situations.

As an executive coach, I’ve spent the last decade listening to the private thoughts and concerns of people on the cutting edge in business when it comes to the topic of power. Working with clients from around the world has taught me that, whether it’s a CEO worried about being unseated by an aggressive board member or a business head trying to fend off the need to downsize hardworking employees, it simply isn’t enough to try to help people think more strategically when power is on the line.

We’ve all seen it: the brilliant and highly trained business ...

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