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Understanding Power July 19, 2007

Posted by rickbron in Bronder On People, Power.

p5130012.jpg  Profits flow from power! The Big Dogz understand the nature of power. In this entry, you will be able to identify two types of power and to create your own personal power profile. The type of power associated with being the boss is called position power. This type of power is used when you can not influence another to do what you want. When you use position power, you issue commands or directives. You do not ask. Position power yields compliance. Position power is given to you by the organization; it does not travel with you. The other type of power you can use is called personal power. This type of power is associated with you as a person. This type of power is used to influence others to do what you want. When you use personal power, you ask another person to do something. You do not issue commands or directives. Personal power yields commitment. Personal power is not given to you, you earn it and you re-earn it every day. Personal power has nothing to do with your position, and it is portable across all social organizations. The Big Dogz know about acquiring personal power. This power is derived from personal qualities that a person has. Some of these are:

  • Integrity
  • Charisma
  • Knowledge
  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Visionary

Some of these sources of personal power are more important than others. Here is how the Big Dogz generate a personal power profile:

  1. Identify the salient sources of personal power in their sphere of influence
  2. Rate the importance of each of these sources on scale of 1 to 10 (10 high)
  3. Rate their demonstration of each of these sources on a scale of 1 to 10
  4.  Identify those sources that are rated high in importance and low in demonstration
  5. Create an action plan to demonstrate these sources
  6. Periodically review their progress toward achieving higher levels of personal power

You can use the attached Personal Power Self Assessment form to do what the Big Dogz do. I have listed over 40 potential sources of personal power. Feel free to add your own. 

Start working on your personal power profile in the next 30 days!

Personal Power Self Assessment  



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