March 25, 2018

Crucial Talks Episode 24 Buford T Justice and the Social Power of Identity

Power is not a bad thing. It is part of the social interactions that occur within and between groups. Some people talk about power as a negative part of existence: that it is based on an individual's selfish needs. This is a little too easy to describe a complex social process that drives behavior. This episode lets us put on a positive lens to view power in a social way. We get to see power is based on the roles people play, the power assigned to those roles, and the way power is used toward in-groups and out-groups. This helps leaders figure out if coercive power is being used in their organizations and what the danger is with that. It shows us all that organizations made up of in-groups have trust and are healthy while those where bosses treat their employees as out-groups creates a toxic environment.

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