328: How to Deal with Opponents and Adversaries, with Peter Block
Published December 18, 2017
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    Peter Block: The Empowered Manager
    Peter Block is an author, consultant, and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used*, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest*, and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work*.
    Key Points

    We become “political” at the moment we attempt to translate our vision into action.
    Leadership is the capacity to initiate an alternative future.
    Most organizations are conflict-averse.
    Being “political” wasn’t always a bad thing. The meaning has been distorted.
    Pursue your interests but in a way that honors the interests of others.
    Power comes from a willingness to be vulnerable.
    When you’re vulnerable, all you’re doing is acknowledging what the world already knows.
    As soon as people start complaining, they’ve chosen helplessness.
    When we have strong negative reactions to people, it’s our projection.

    Types of people in the workplace:

    Allies = high agreement / high trust
    Opponents = high trust / low agreement
    Bedfellows = low trust / high agreement
    Adversaries = low trust / low agreement
    Fence Sitters = low trust / unknown agreement

    Resources Mentioned

    The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work*
    Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used*
    The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work*

    Book Notes
    Download my highlights from the Empowered Manager in PDF format (free membership required).
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