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What I've Learned from Teaching about Power

Event Details

Sun, March 31, 2013
07:30PM - 09:30PM
Amara Restaurant
Prince Faisal Bin Fahd, Al Shati, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 23511
Map address
Registration Period:
SAR 210 per person payable at the door
GSB Alumni Relations

GSB and Stanford alumni and their guests are invited to dinner and a presentation featuring Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior. For the past 33 years Professor Pfeffer has taught, although not continuously, an elective class about power in organizations, in both public and private sectors. Here is what he learned:

  1. The biggest barrier to people’s obtaining power is their own inhibitions and reluctance to do what is required – we are our own worst enemy.
  2. Power remains, to use Harvard Professor Rosabeth Kanter’s phrase, “the organization’s last dirty secret”, a subject that makes people uncomfortable. This has become more true over time.
  3. The psychological dynamics of power are essentially the same both over time and even across cultures
  4. Much of what the leadership literature (and courses) teach about influence reflects hope rather than reality.

Join Professor Pfeffer for an evening with fellow alumni discussing these key learnings about power and influence.

Advanced registration is required by Monday, March 18.  Space is limited.

There is no cost for admits to attend, but registration is required. To register for this event or register and pay for a guest, admits must contact the GSB Alumni Relations Office at +1-650-723-4046.

Alumni may register one guest online.

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