04 November 2005

7 Steps To Power

"The Bottleneck is at the Top of the Bottle: Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity of experience, the largest investment in the past, and the greatest reverence for industry dogma? At the top!" -- Gary Hamel, "Strategy or Revolution", Harvard Business Review

"Nobody gives you power. You just take it." -- Roseanne Barr

We frequently complain that the "powers that be" are not doing the right job or are not doing their job right. The first quote above indicates why, for We are the rising generation with the new vision that needs to be expressed and implemented fighting the old fogeydom of The Fools. The second quote is downright Truth.

So what are We waiting for? We are only seven steps away from making the difference We want to make.

The first step is recognition of the fact that We have power. Power that is available but isn't used is indistinguishable from powerlessness.

The second step is acknowledgement that power is necessary. Whether We like it or not, power is real and the world responds to it and its uses. Avoid or ignore power and you reduce your chances of achieving change to almost zero.

The third step is understanding that power is a mutable resource.
It varies, waxing and waning according to how much attention you and others pay to it. There is no such thing as permanent power: use it, talk about it, make it known, or lose it.

The fourth step is acceptance that power will change you before you change anything. Unless you prepare for the reality and substance of power, you will have a difficult time using it.

The fifth step is learning that having power and using power are two very separate things. Having power is neither positive nor negative: it simply is. But using power is a polarizing effort: you can do great good or great harm, and the less aware you are of using power, the more the odds you will do harm.

The sixth step is concentrating on seeking power at all times. Similar to the way people seek money, fame, security or love, the search for power is most successful when fully integrated into a person's life...and based solidly on the highest possible values.

The seventh step is embracing the fact that the power you seek is finite, but the power you create can be infinite. Going after another's power may lead to a short-term gain, but power developed from within you will always lead to greater gains.

Time to seek--and flex--Our Power.

The Jenius Has Spoken.

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