Right Use of Power

Today’s media is rampant with misuses and abuses of power.  With the murder of George Floyd, people are asking for change, but many don’t know what they can do.  Communities, companies, schools and families are questioning what privilege is, and how it relates to the idea of power.  When people are afraid to use their own privilege and power for good, it limits the positive impacts they can have.  Power is simply the ability to influence or create change, and it is absolutely vital for us to be able to use it well. Are you aware of how effectively you are using the power you have?

The Right Use of Power is about looking at the impact of power dynamics on relationships, creating awareness of an individual’s way of using power, and understanding the impact they are having on others.  In business, this is an absolutely critical skill, as companies can lose talented, committed employees if leadership is not responsive and supportive, or does not seem to be creating a culture of striving for improvement.  And if front line employees are not engaging with customers skillfully, they will not make sales or encourage customer loyalty.  If you are not sure how to respond to the impacts of privilege or oppression on your stakeholders, or don’t know how to help your employees speak to these tough issues in the workplace, exploring the topic of power is crucial.  

One of the biggest challenges in understanding our power is realizing that most people are trying to not abuse their power. It is hurtful to think we might be having a harmful impact when we are trying hard to have a positive one.  We all have great intentions about the kind of employee, boss or parent that we want to be.  We all want to be allies to marginalized groups, and support diversity, but we may not know if we are doing more harm than good.  How can we find out?

All of these dynamics are also alive in our personal lives, as we have close relationships with spouses, children, parents and friends, however our perception of those relationships may be very different from how they are being perceived by others.  Often, the way we track our impact is through our own analysis of thoughts and experience, and external feedback, given or received, is often viewed harsh criticism.  By understanding different ways to gain information about your impact, and developing skills in giving and receiving feedback, you will find ways to align the effect you have on others with your good intentions.

All workshops are custom created to match your group and its individual needs.  Workshops can range from 90 minutes to a full day.

The Right Use of Power can help you and your team by:  

  • Learning helpful language to understand power dynamics
  • Identifying positions and situations which grant more or less power
  • Exploring individual perceptions and reactions to having and not having power and how this affects behaviour
  • Scrutinizing privilege, and understanding the impact it has on all of our interactions
  • Increasing understanding of team dynamics through discovering unconscious preferences in using power
  • Exploring the difference between intent and impact
  • Practicing responsive use of power in order to support the people on your team so they can thrive
  • Working through techniques for getting information on what is and is not working
  • Exploring feedback as a relational tool, which creates real results
  • Understanding different ways to repair harm to relationships, allowing them to be stronger and more effective
  • Learning strategies for navigating power differentials among your team
  • Providing goal planning for personal and relational ways to use the Right Use of Power to have a high functioning team

For more information about the Right Use of Power, visit: https://www.rightuseofpower.org