The Power Handbook

Power is a necessity - without it, we can't control our own lives. And yet, power has a negative connotation, often associated with manipulation. The two are not synonymous. The inability to use power in a non-manipulative manner is the root cause of both individual despair and organizational immobility. Combining interpersonal effectiveness with the ability to use power effectively is the key to individual and organizational effectiveness.

Containing numerous planning guides and self-scoring questionnaires, The Power Handbook is designed to help you define your own unique path to success. The guides are designed to help build a plan of action. The questionnaires stimulate self-insight and encourage the challenging of "old ways" and assumptions.

The Power Handbook is about people, power, and, above all, success. It addresses a number of key questions:
  • Is power a dirty word?
  • Do you have confidence in your goals?
  • What the six kinds of power and how can you acquire more of each?
  • What are your options as you try to influence others?
  • Is manipulation a viable option?
  • What does it take to be interpersonally effective?
  • How can you make sure you're "in the flow?"
  • Is your position an asset or a liability?



  • Selected Works

    Psychology/Aging and Dying
    In youth we are invincible. The world is forever: we are forever. But, sentient creatures that we are, time inevitably plays its part. Aging and illness shadow those early sensibilities until one day we feel the lurking presence of death itself. Fearful of our own dark thoughts, too often we keep such anxieties to ourselves. To deny our own mortality is a parlor game of sorts, played within our own heads and frequently played alone. Pamela Cuming will have none of it. In her latest book, The Hourglass, she throws back the parlor curtains and lets the light stream in. This is a powerful, objective, unflinching, and yet profoundly empathic work that explores the rewards of honest caring⎯the privilege and the pain⎯not only for one’s friends and family but also for one’s self. Drawing upon an uncanny intuitive understanding of human foible plus a broad knowledge of character development, honed from decades of consulting in the business world, this is a book filled with personal stories both engaging and instructive. In short, The Hourglass is a must read for all those who seek to live life to the full, from start to finish. ________________ Peter C. Whybrow MD, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Beavior at UCLA and award-winning author of The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived.
    Fiction: Publication Date Nov 14, 2014
    Set in New York City and Los Angeles between August 1999 and November 2001, The Stranger Box is the story of a mother and a daughter caught like two white dwarf stars in separate orbits, destined to collide. Though she does everything in her considerable power to insure the child never finds out who she is, the vain and self-obsessed Katherine Blair is unable to change the course of her destiny or evade Eden, the resourceful daughter whose pursuit is fueled by the desire for revenge and the determination to steal the family that has been denied her.
    Memoir
    Widow’s Walk is a bold, brave, and candid admission of bereavement, weakness, and, ultimately, strength.
    Nonfiction
    A strategic guide to organizational and personal effectiveness
    Turf is a direct, and sometimes disturbing book about the use and abuse of power in organizations.

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