Category Archives for Leadership

Resources that Grant Power in Relationships/Interactions

Power is based on the resources we control.  Benefits and costs can be physical or material. French and Raven (1959), identify six bases of power:  Describes the Resource and What Gets People to Do What You Want Them to Do Reward Power:  The resources that grant one power is through rewards.  They can give something […]

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Theory or Proven

Models and theories explain things away. They tell us how we should act and what we should and shouldn’t do. However, they may prevent us from seeing things in a realistic view. Adam Smith in the 18th century, warned against abstract systems and being carried away by them. Albert Einstein, two centuries later, received a […]

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Pursuing the Right Goal

There’s a lot of controversy when it comes to setting goals. Some say it helps with accountability, while others say it interferes with motivation of attaining the goal you set for yourself. Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible. But no simpler.” If we take Einstein’s advice, we will keep goals as […]

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Cognitive Dissonance

What we think and what we do: Why is there often such a big gap? Why do we go ahead and do things we know are immoral, wrong, or stupid, even though there is more than likely a bad consequence? Psychologist, Leon Festinger, coined the term ‘cognitive dissonance’ when describing our state of mind when […]

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Assumption of Strength for Change

Do people fundamentally act according to the accumulation of strengths and skills acquired by past experiences alone?  Or, are they able to strive for change in their lives based on how they are functioning in the present?  The link between an individual and their environment or social system can create a “casual link” between a […]

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