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The recent election of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago is the latest move in a career marked by political savvy. Emanuel faces challenges in his new position. Chicago is like many other major American cities in that it is attempting to maintain a firm fiscal foothold while keeping its citizens employed and its streets a little more safe. Of course, Emanuel left one of the most pressurized positions in American government, but it was one that wields a considerable amount of power.
Emanuel’s name crops up in a book recently summarized by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer. This coming Monday, you’ll get the opportunity to read a full review of Power in this blog, but I felt I needed to provide a special mention of the book today because it relates directly to Emanuel.
Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. His book is one of only a handful of titles released in the past several years that attempt to teach a tough-as-nails, yet morally sound method to acquiring political clout in a business environment. Pfeffer readily admits that there is a definite set of behaviors that enable certain individuals to garner more power than others. I appreciated the fact that at several points in his book, he points out that the mind-set necessary to achieve power is bound to cause some people to feel unsettled. That level of honesty should instantly make a reader realize that he or she is delving into a useful book.
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