CEOWorld Magazine: Four warning signs you are drunk on power

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In this article for CEOWorld Magazine, I provde four warning signs that you may be drunk on power. Continue reading below. You don’t have to look too far to see examples of the misuse of power, with examples littered throughout history and across politics, business, and community sectors. Professor Dacher Keltner from Berkley University found […]

How do you do leadership?

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The true character of a person’s leadership comes to the fore in times of a crisis. None more so than Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose words when offered safe passage to the US were, “The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride.” Some people in leadership roles play politics for their own gain, so aptly […]

The Daily Telegraph: Why gender inequality could be set to spike at work as more women work from home

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Thanks to Lauren Ahwan from The Daily Telegraph, Michelle adds her comments this article saying, adopting a flexible approach to work can prevent women from being overlooked. Read on. Women who resist returning to the office risk may limit their career potential. But experts reveal how they can still progress and even get a promotion […]

Body & Soul: 7 things to do if you have a toxic boss

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimised by your boss. Read the article Michelle contributed to Body & Soul to learn seven things to do if you have a toxic boss. Navigating relationships at the office can be tough. And while you don’t have to get along with everyone, it makes it particularly […]

Venture Magazine: Five warning signs your leadership is failing (and what to do about it)

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Michelle provides five warning signs that your leadership could be failing in this article published in Venture Magazine. It’s easy for leaders to have an overly confident opinion of their leadership effectiveness with research revealing a correlation between a person’s confidence and their level of power. A study by the University of Southern California and […] Four Warning Signs You are Drunk on Power

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In this article published in, Michelle identifies four warnings signs that you may be drunk on power. The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with examples across multiple industries, the Harvey Weinstein scandal being the latest. Dacher Keltner, from Berkley University, found through his research that […]

Why your power matters

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When you think of the word ‘power’ what’s the association that immediately springs to mind? Is it a negative or positive connotation? It’s likely that it will be negative, and that’s because power is usually associated with the concept of having ‘power over other people’. There is another way to view power, and this is […]

What feeling impacts how you negotiate?

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The outcomes of negotiations are heavily influenced by power – how it is used and how it is felt. It’s easy to see how a person having more power in a relationship can lead to a sub-optimal negotiation outcome for the other party. The person with more power may have more bargaining chips, positional authority […]

What’s on your summer reading list?

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The summer holidays are a great time to catch up on the reading you wanted to do during the year, but never found the time for. I hoard books so there’s always a stack to read – both on my kindle and in the traditional paperback format. The books range from those that are designed to […]

How to know if you are drunk on power


There’s an old saying: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s attributed to Lord Acton, a nineteenth century historian and moralist. Power is a word that invokes a range of images and ideas. Some people see it as bad, while other people see it as magnetic and empowering. I prefer an optimistic approach and view […]