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Power: How to Get It Use It and Keep It
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56 Minutes
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
7:30 AM Breakfast, 8:00 - 9:00 AM session
Main Dining Room, Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA.

Hierarchies are inevitable so learn the rules of the game. Qualities that create power and why intelligence is not one of them. How we limit ourselves when it comes to acquiring power. Getting a job having control over your work and holding on to a job all require more than simply excelling at what you do. They require an understanding of power.

According to Professor Pfeffer individual power comes from political skill, which is characterized, by social astuteness networking ability interpersonal influence and apparent sincerity. And power comes from knowing the rules of the game recognizing the power of others and most of all being willing and able to play the game.

We can be our own worst impediments to acquiring power if we're unwilling to make the tradeoffs required such as being liked versus getting things done or doing interesting work versus tackling what is most useful for our advancement. Women can face the tradeoff of doing what needs to be done to gain power at the expense being considered feminine.

Finally we can develop the individual qualities that create power including focus self-knowledge confidence empathy and the capacity to tolerate. Seek out an objective personal assessment suggests Dr. Pfeffer and then work to improve in areas where you are weak.

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and the author of 14 books including his most recent Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't. Dr. Pfeffer received his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his PhD from Stanford.


Jeff Pfeffer - Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior Stanford University

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business Stanford University where he has taught since 1979.


He is the author or co-author of 15 books including; The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First, Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations, The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action, Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People.  Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management and What Were They Thinking? Unconventional Wisdom About Management, Power: Why Some People Have It--and Others Don't, and his latest book: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, as well as a collection of 27 essays about management topics, and more than 150 articles and book chapters.


From 2003-2007 Pfeffer wrote a monthly column "The Human Factor" for the 600,000-person circulation business magazine Business 2.0. Since 2007 he has written a monthly column providing career advice for Capital a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey. Pfeffer has appeared in segments on CBS Sunday Morning 60 Minutes and CNBC as well as television programs in Korea and has been quoted and featured in news articles from countries around the globe, and he has presented seminars in 38 countries throughout the world.


Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught at the University of California Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School Singapore Management University London Business School and a frequent visitor at IESE in Barcelona.


Pfeffer currently serves on the board of directors of the for-profit company Audible Magic as well as nonprofits Quantum Leap Healthcare and The San Francisco Playhouse. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix Unicru and Workstream all human capital software companies and SonoSite a company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines. Pfeffer has presented seminars in 34 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies associations and universities in the United States.


Jeffrey Pfeffer has won the Richard I. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for articles and books. He is listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50, and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.