Making a play for power

With the stakes for individuals and organisations rising ever higher, does anything matter more than the getting and keeping of power?

Harder to talk about than money and sex (its constant hangers-on), power is passed over in silence by a literature that desperately wants management to be a respectable science rather than a battleground for primitive urges. Yet for all the words devoted to ‘official’ topics such as strategy, leadership, shareholder value and customer focus, the truth is that the drive to win and keep power is the ‘invisible hand’ that yanks the strings which determine much of what happens in business. And, through business, increasingly in politics too, as the Murdoch and Berlusconi scandals in Europe and the struggle to regulate the global financial sector graphically illustrate….

Read the full article in Management Today, 1 November 2011

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