Power & Impact (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series): A book review by Bob Morris

HBR Press offers a series of anthologies (fourteen volumes thus far) of articles in which contributors share proven research that explains how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. Uplifting and practical, these books describe the social skills that are critical for ambitious professionals to master.

If you were to purchase reprints of all thirteen of articles in this volume separately, the total cost would be $116.35. Amazon now sells the volume for only $14.12.

According to the HBR editors of this volume, “With formal and informal authority comes power. But few people realize that informal power — the kind that doesn’t come with a title –can have just as much impact. [Sometimes more, much more.] How do you use power for greater influence?

This book explains how power affects our emotions, our behavior, and how we work with others. You’ll learn how to use self-awarenes to keep your power in check, connect with the right people to create more value, respond to abuses of power, and leave a lasting impression.”

For example, HOW TO:

o Avoid being corrupted by power (Dacher Keltner)
o Examine your emotional triggers behavior (Maggie Craddick)
o Determine your informal power (Maxime Sytch)
o Avoid attitudes and behaviors that “fritter away” your power (Ron Carucci)
o Empower associates in order to share control of power (Harrison Monarth)
o Supercharge your positive emotions wigyh contagious enthusiasm (Peter Bregman)
o Be aware of how being powerful at work can cause problems elsewhere (Trevor A. Foulk and Klodiana Lana)
o Manage those who misuse/abuse their (Liz Kislik)
o Understand why abuses of power are predictable and recurring (Dacher Keltner)
o Use your power to help those who have little, if any (Dolly Chugh)
o Achieve high-impact results by recruiting and inspiring collaborators (Greg Satell)
o Create value that will outlast you (Kimberly Wade-Benzoni)
o Use humble leadership to encourage others to bring their “A Game” to work (Dan Cable)

Many people need to improve their emotional well-being, not only at work but in all other areas of life. To them and those who supervise them, I highly recommend the HBR Emotional Intelligence Series.

I also highly recommend Jeffrey Pepper’s business classic, Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t.

One final point: Use and abuse of power are not personnel issues; they are business issues.


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