About Power

Irmeli (on Facebook), Thanks for sharing your experience. You mentioned that “people who have continued in managerial roles for all this time, still have no intention to connect their duties with the reality”. What do you see may be the causes of problem?
As a Catholic, I hope to see the positives of power when interacting with people at work or in my … See Morepersonal life, but this is just my best wish, not necessarily the reality.
I reckon any power that one possesses in our private life and that at work are means to an end (for fame, for accomplishment of goals at work, or our goals, or to influence others etc.).
Do you need to do “powerful work” so everyone could see? Would it depend on what “powerful work” that you want to do? What sorts of accomplishment would you like to achieve?
Throughout my years at work, I could see people using power to exploit or manipulate others, in order to achieve their goals or vision. I could also see people using power to help others in raising their potential and fulfil the dreams, goals or vision. Is power good or bad? From a Christianity point of view, of course too much power is no good if it is done to achieve selfish goals only. Is the manipulation of others through power coming out of human nature? Even the toddlers know how to get what they want by “manipulating” their parents – by yelling or crying aloud, isn’t it? Are human born good or evil? Or are we born neutral (neither good or bad)?
Fortunately, in social networking, power could not be that easily exploited or exercised by the “powerful ones”, as there is little duty or responsibilities amongst networkers in reciprocity. I think this arises from the re-distribution of power in the networks, and so one could choose to connect as one wishes or could neglect those who are trying to impose power on us.
This way of learning in the network may not be a “perfect education” for our younger generation, as people don’t NECESSARILY see the need of taking responsibility or duty to each others (when interacting or learning) in the networks. So, a lack of responsibility sort of attitudes could easily be transferred to that at work, especially when one is working inside and outside with networks & alliances. What works inside an organisation (as groups) may be totally different from those outside an organisation (in social networks). But would a tyranny of imposing power on others good? I suppose not!You are not alone with the “naivety” and idealistic understanding that if you were able to do it many other managers could as well, when young.  The CCK08, & CCK09 provided opportunities in understanding more about other cultures and how others learn and manage their learning. However, I am not sure if many of our participants were working in industry, and so the educational ideals that we shared could be quite different from the actual requirements at work in business.
Power remains the key element in leadership, and if it is not “rightly used”, it could lead to disasters to human, the WWII and all the wars are the great evidence of abusive use of powers in the world. Religious wars had also been waged because of power struggles. So, power games are everywhere, and they are here to stay.

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John

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