The Little-Known Secret to Nurturing Your Highest Potentials

Is power the last dirty secret or the secret to success? Both. While power carries some negative connotations, power is a tool we can all learn to harness effectively, helping us achieve our highest potential.

An authority on effective leadership principles and developing influence to get things done, Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer has long educated managers on power – how to attain it, wield it and grow it. As the mind behind Stanford Graduate School of Business’ highest-rated “Paths to Power” elective  – described as “the most diverse material at Stanford” – Pfeffer reveals that a key leadership development opportunity for high-level retention within organizations is education in power, political skill and influence.

“What leads people to derail in their careers?” Pfeffer asks. “They derail because they don’t have the political skills to navigate interdependent relationships.” His newest book “7 Rules of Power: Surprising –but True – Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career” (Matt Holt, June 2022) positions power as a learnable skill to navigate and influence interpersonal relationships.

Called “transformational” by his students, Pfeffer leads with practicality, demonstrating that high-potential minorities especially benefit from learning that fundamental influence and persuasion skills often outweigh technical ability when it comes to success.

Aimed at businesses and individuals alike, “7 Rules of Power” gives managers and leaders life-changing strategies and an honest truth: when your organization is committed to doing diversity, equity and inclusion properly, you must empower your employees with a working knowledge of power skills and structures. Drawing on his years of social science research to provide a manual for increasing your ability to get things done, including improving job performance, Pfeffer’s primary lesson is that we should feel comfortable with power, as it is an omnipresent feature of organizational life.

For decades, Pfeffer has been teaching leaders in every sector how to gain a competitive advantage through their workforce. His case studies on companies including Stanford Healthcare, Southwest Airlines, DaVita Dialysis, and Kimberly-Clark’s Andean region are used worldwide to help companies succeed through his prescient yet simple directive: putting people first increases profits and improves performance.

As companies prepare to do business in a post-pandemic economy, decision makers have a unique opportunity to rethink old ways and replace them with practices that pay off for everyone – investors, management, employees and the bottom line. Trusted for his straight-talking and clear-eyed delivery style, Pfeffer teaches executives how to achieve extraordinary growth through an evidence-based management approach, helping them adopt mindsets that will serve them and their employees well into the future, regardless of market conditions.

Utilizing employee-centric engagement and innovation strategies can increase customer loyalty, employee productivity and profits. Stern connects you with renowned thought leaders whose insights, strategies and management frameworks help organizations fuel growth and disruptive innovation to better compete in a constantly changing world. Let us arrange for these esteemed experts to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting sessions, workshops and keynotes.

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