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Publisher's Summary

“Pfeffer [blends] academic rigor and practical genius into wonderfully readable text. The leading thinker on the topic of power, Pfeffer here distills his wisdom into an indispensable guide.” —Jim Collins, author of New York Times bestselling author Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall

Some people have it, and others don’t. Jeffrey Pfeffer explores why in Power.

One of the greatest minds in management theory and author or co-author of thirteen books, including the seminal business-school text Managing With Power, Jeffrey Pfeffer shows listeners how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

©2010 Jeffrey Pfeffer (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Insightful & Actionable

Insightful, Actionable and down to earth teachings. Must read for anybody who wants a successful career

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  • 06-22-22

Highly recommend. Listened twice

I liked this book because it included practical use cases can than be adopted. I liked that it was honest and covered topics like “the cost of power”

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I found this book interesting and practical, the numerous examples made this book interesting.

The narration was not amazing but was definitely not bad.

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Great book

Great book, a specially as a starter posotion in this topic, helps to change perception of power games.

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The best book I read in 2021!

Highly recommend for anyone who wants to grow his/her influence and build a powerful personal brand. This book is the best in explaining the power dynamics in global enterprises and common misconceptions in career advancement. I found it very insightful and simply brilliant!

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Actually wish it was longer!

This is a great book full of real world quality advice. It's not that long with most chapters being 30-40 mins. This meant the pace was great and you never lose interest. Highly recommended.

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What an excellent and practical set of advice

I bought it after listening to a small talk clip on youtube by this author. And I think this is probably one of the best books I have read/listened to on power, leadership, and corporate career. The best thing about this book is its practicality. It does not suggest life is an ideal place and that everyone is there to help you, or like many other books - to be successful, you need all the sainthood qualities. Rather, this tells you how rough and unfair your corporate life sometimes can be, how dirty and rough corporate power struggle can be, and sets you to be ready and prepare for it with a great set of examples and advice. I recommend this to everyone who wants a career advancement. Great read!

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Barely made it through tge first 10 minutes.

Barely made it through tge first 10 minutes.
Barely made it through tge first 10 minutes.

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Excellent overview of the topic of power.

Haven't read much in this topic and was looking for an easy-to-understand overview. This was perfect. Written in a very accessible style, based on sound research, and struck a nice balance between being practical and honest, but not ruthless. Highly recommend as an introduction to the topic.

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  • 05-18-22

Worthless

hopefully I never live in a world that Mr Pfeffer assumes is needed to be successful in business. the scariest part about this publication is that young people will read this and assume the behaviours outlined in this book are ok.

They're not ok.

This 1980s "greed is good" attitude that caused many of its proponents to now end up in prison is not only unethical but completely unnecessary to become successful in business.

There is plenty of room to be both kind to your competitors and be successful.