What is Power?

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First and foremost, power is personal. Our perception of a situation has much to do with our ability to affect a situation. Therefore, power is each person’s ability to influence a situation. When a person has no ability to influence their situation (even, if as a result of an inaccurate personal belief), they have no power.

Definition of Power

Power is each person’s ability and willingness to influence a situation.

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The Law of Power

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The Law

The fundamental law of power is that it is situational, multifaceted, dynamic, and perishable.

Power is Situational

Power is without a doubt situational, a person who is very politically powerful, but having no wilderness knowledge or skills, find themselves alone in the middle will have less ability to save themselves, than an experienced woodsman.

Power is Multifaceted

Power has many attributes (social influence, mental reference, innate ability, and situation), which aggregate to provide the total of your power at in given time and in any given situation

Power isDynamic

As a person’s situation changes, their ability to influence the situation can be increased, decreased, and/or lost. Also, facets of power are not static but are morphed by change.

Power isPerishable

A person can, through inaction, lose the ability to influence a situation forever.

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Management Principles – You can’t Manage what you don’t Measure

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Management and Measurement

You can’t manage what you don’t measure is an old management adage that has been used for many years and while most attribute it to Peter Drucker, some claim that the quote was first used by Dr. W. Edwards Deming, although it is a bone of contention whether or not the quote is used in the correct context.

Irrespective of who said it first, I have always agreed with the principle. Coming from a corporate background where this is one of the management principles often used, I was surprised to learn that there are those that strongly disagree with the statement. This group argues that there are many things being managed at work that aren’t measurable, from the confidence we instill in a new, young manager, to the quality of new hires.

The argument is made that quantity is easy…

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Power and machinery, money and goods

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Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live. They are but means to an end.

— Henry Ford

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Vision, Ideas, And Execution

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Vision without execution is a hallucination.


– Thomas Edison

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Easy tips For getting more from reading

Here are some easy guidelines for getting the right reading done faster and more effectively.

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the general Reading for Comprehension Process

  • Choose what you read — this a high speed filtering process
  • Read according to the reading material type – fiction and nonfiction are not read at the same speed or purpose
  • Preview the reading material/book
  • Read with Intent

Choose what you read.

…Our new times call for new ways of searching for, filtering, consuming, and applying knowledge in order to improve our lives. — Michael Simmons

This would be seem to be an obvious thing, but not all reading materials are equally valuable, If valuable at all. This is especially true when it comes to email, newsfeeds, and, especially, to social media. Time spent reading less valuable materials is obviously times subtracted from reading the important stuff. If you choose to read a newspaper and pay more attention to the sports section then you do…

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How using quotes can help your writing?

A quick article about how using quotes can improve your blogging and writing, including business writing.

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Quotes are often an underutilized writing opportunity. Adding quotes, and I don’t mean just a few
spackle on random pages throughout your writing, can be very beneficial to
writers in a number of ways. quotes can also help you convey your meeting, grab
readers attention, and communicate your message better. So, here are just a few
thoughts on how quotes can help you achieve your writing goals.

Using quotes can help with your use of Tactful repetition

An on topic quote can give you another communication point about the subject that you are discussing, thereby, providing another mental reference to reinforce your subject.

If done with care, you can also get more than one use out of a quote. You can use a quote in the sentence of your paragraph, but this also doesn’t preclude you from isolating it and using other tactics listed below to present it more than…

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