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A universal definition of the word power implies agreement about the word that does not change according to varying values theories or personal philosophies To that end power can be defined as the ability to get all you want from the environment given what is available This definition can be applied to power in any context eg military organizational political personal intimate etc The definition is composed of three parts each of which requires a brief explanationFirst power is cast in terms of a single human dimension the individuals ability This places total responsibility for obtaining what is wanted on the shoulders of the person who wants it To the extent that you have gained an objective you will be regarded as having been powerful If however you have been less than successful in your attempt rather than asking Why wont these people cooperate it is far more appropriate to ask How did I stop myself from getting what I wanted For example if all members of a group suddenly become unresponsive in the middle of a team-building session it is much more productive for the facilitator to look for clues that he or she may have missed rather than to castigate the group members for being low risk-takers or betrayers of the interventionSecond the object of power is not focused on other people but on obtaining something of value to you This could be a personal desire such as being successful or being attractive or it could be a successful outcome for a client or an organizational problem to be solved Power is not an end in itself but a process that has relevance only in terms of gaining results or achieving objectives It is the outcome that is important In this light power can be measured objectively in terms of track records ie number of things attempted against number of things gainedPower is an intrapersonal phenomenon You cannot empower or disempower someone else
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