Power Genes

Power Genes

Understanding your Power Persona--and How to Wield It at Work

Book - 2011
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A New Way of Looking at Power at Work

Who hasn’t left the office after a particularly frustrating day wondering what they could have done to turn a negative experience into a positive one? Perhaps it was a difficult conversation with a domineering boss, or an encounter with a know-it-all peer who made you feel insecure. Would you believe the way you react to these interactions likely stems from the dynamics you experienced as a child? Could it be that your childhood persona has grown into your power persona at work?

In Power Genes, executive coach Maggie Craddock reveals how to kick those old habits—trying too hard to please, acting out, using manipulative methods of persuasion—and tells how to use power more effectively to advance your career. Craddock identifies four power types and explains how to diagnose yours:

• The Pleaser—you make others feel good about themselves but need constant validation and approval from them
• The Charmer—you draw others in with your charm, yet trust is your Achilles heel
• The Commander—you take charge of the situation and gain admiration from others, but fear any loss of control
• The Inspirer—you are star power in action, yet your vision for the future can derail the needs of workers right now

The book outlines a process for avoiding your type’s signature destructive reflexes and replacing them with new behaviors—helping you to interact productively with other people in the office. By showing you how to recognize your type’s blind spots and then recondition your actions, Power Genes will give you the insights and action plan you need to become a more consistently powerful professional. It’s time to throw out unproductive habits and take charge of your workplace relationships.

A New Way of Looking at Power at Work

Who hasn’t left the office after a particularly frustrating day wondering what they could have done to turn a negative experience into a positive one? Perhaps it was a difficult conversation with a domineering boss, or an encounter with a know-it-all peer who made you feel insecure. Would you believe the way you react to these interactions likely stems from the dynamics you experienced as a child? Could it be that your childhood persona has grown into your power persona at work?

In Power Genes, executive coach Maggie Craddock reveals how to kick those old habits?trying too hard to please, acting out, using manipulative methods of persuasion?and tells how to use power more effectively to advance your career. Craddock identifies four power types and explains how to diagnose yours:

? The Pleaser?you make others feel good about themselves but need constant validation and approval from them
? The Charmer?you draw others in with your charm, yet trust is your Achilles heel
? The Commander?you take charge of the situation and gain admiration from others, but fear any loss of control
? The Inspirer?you are star power in action, yet your vision for the future can derail the needs of workers right now

The book outlines a process for avoiding your type’s signature destructive reflexes and replacing them with new behaviors?helping you to interact productively with other people in the office. By showing you how to recognize your type’s blind spots and then recondition your actions, Power Genes will give you the insights and action plan you need to become a more consistently powerful professional. It’s time to throw out unproductive habits and take charge of your workplace relationships.


Book News
The ways we wield and respond to power are not dictated by logic; rather, they come from dynamics we experienced in childhood in our family of origin. Craddock, an executive coach, combines her interest in family therapy with her background as a former portfolio manager, to present a family-therapy based framework for understanding power, which is defined here as the ability to chart your own professional course. Craddock's framework describes four trust-based and fear-based power types, or power personas: the pleaser, the charmer, the commander, and the inspirer. She explains how these power types are manifested in the workplace and shows how to use the framework in conjunction with other models and tools, such as Myers-Briggs. She provides an action plan for changing reactions to stressful situations, dealing with difficult people, and communicating your own value. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Review Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781422166949
1422166945
Characteristics: vii, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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