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Flex - The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences by Audrey S. Lee, Jane Hyun

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CHAPTER 6

Navigate the Power Gap with Your Peers

All potential teams have hierarchical, functional, and individual differences that are at once a source of strength and a source of problems.

—JON KATZENBACH AND DOUGLAS K. SMITH, THE WISDOM OF TEAMS

Not all peer relationships are created equal. In fact, just like managers and their direct reports, peer dynamics have a built-in power gap that must be negotiated in order to get the information, resources, and attention that you need to get your work done. As a leader, you not only need to be able to close the gap with your superiors and those who work for you, you need to be particularly skillful at managing sideways, to flex to your peers and those who work in other functions of the organization ...

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