A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others, and the result is power as a force for good in the world.
It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior?
So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what all too often we forget and what Dr. Keltner sets straight. This is the crux of the power paradox: By fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place, we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can't retain power because we've never understood it correctly - until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself a good a thing.
Dr. Keltner lays out exactly - in 20 original "Power Principles" - how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.
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But. Everyone should read this. Especially those in positions of power and influence. This book, for those looking to intentionally wield power in a sustained way, is extremely thought provoking. Possibly even paradigm shifting.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Power Paradox. It is a thought provoking challenge to our commonly held beliefs about our relationships and the importance of an awareness of and dangers of power.
The writer is so narrow in his research, that he obviously makes no effort to describe power beyond Machiavelli and modern Liberal figures with a little bit of warm and fuzzies. That's it? I was looking for something well researched and unbiased. Please leave meaningless modern figures out of my daily mind space. I'm actually trying to escape the mundane news but this author keeps bringing up everything from Global Warming terror, ISIS, Snowden, Black Lives Matter, Ariana Huffington, and even planting in our minds, "Cheryl Sanders for president," while denying he has any political bias or bent. The Art of Power has much more useful information - creative and researched information with classic figures and examples - or for another bent, try the simple classic, "Art of War." This book belongs on CNN, definitely not on a bookshelf or Audible. I tried playing this for my family and everyone left the room! Terrible!
Lack of Power can lead to sickness ,of all kinds, and a shorter life span.
Studies reenforce what we see in life, but the book helped me think about my observations in a different way. It's well worth a listen.
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