Power is one of the most misunderstood––and therefore vilified––concepts in our society. But is it all bad? How could it be used by anyone no matter their wealth and status––for good? To find out, please join Harvard professor Julie Battilana virtually to discuss her new book with University of Tronto Professor Tiziana Casciaro, Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business. The conversation will illuminate how understanding the power that each of us holds can help us use it to improve our lives at home, at work, and in our communities.
Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business
Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, HBS
Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation, HKS
Thursday, Noveber 18, 2021
8:00–9:00 a.m. TYO
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About the Book, Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business
In their book, Battilana and Casciaro offer a timely, democratized vision of power. While hierarchies tend to stay in place because power is often sticky, by agitating, innovating, and orchestrating change, they show how those with less power can challenge established structures to make them more balanced. They teach readers how to power-map their workplace to find who can create real change at work, plan for and cause sustaining power shifts, and understand the five motivations for seeking power––money and status, but also autonomy, achievement, affiliation, and morality.
"In an age when authoritarians are on the rise and freedoms are imperiled, Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro offer a fresh, more hopeful view of how power can be shared by all citizens. Their conclusions, rooted in research and worldwide reporting, show that power can be dirty but in honorable hands, can also be an enormous force for good. This book will be invaluable to anyone asking how to acquire power, how to keep it and how to exercise it for moral purposes."
––David Gergen, CNN political analyst; professor, Harvard Kennedy School