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Strategic Organizational Alignment by Chris Crosby

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CHAPTER 4

Power

“I’m only a Change Agent. I have no power!”

—countless employees

 

 

The most basic way to think of power in organizations is in terms of legitimate power. Either I am or I am not the boss. However, there are many other types of power at play in every organization that contribute to its failure or success. Many discount their potential to positively impact the organization, out of a lack of clarity and understanding of their power. Many are also confused about how to use their power in a generative versus de-generative way.

I want you to be clear about the many forms of power that exist and learn how to use them in a generative way in order to help your organization to be as successful as possible. To further explore power, I ...

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