Excerpt: From the Balcony;new perspectives for Power Games
What is a Power Game?
A Power Game may be either the most refined or the most
blatant of attempts to establish dominance between any two individuals or groups of individuals. It can be as
simple as controlling the conversation or as complicated as manipulating a series of
Wrong and right is generally not the issue for most Power
„Who‟s in control?‟ is the issue.
Power Games are most often played according to Street Rules. It is sometimes
difficult to tell the Leaders from the Bullies when they are engaged in a Power Game. They all look the same, and
everybody looks BAD.
Participation in the Games is often both mindless and destructive. We are
compelled. Together, we create the endless divorce, the Enron collapse, or the continuous cultural wars of our
A game is an activity
involving competition under rules. The point of many games is to anticipate the other player, and to respond
appropriately. Additionally, the point is to be in control of the play by directing the action in the way
that benefits you, and your team, most.
One of the biggest issues of Power Games is that the rules are unclear and
vary from person to person. If you want to play the Games more effectively, you will want to become more
astute at understanding the rules under which the other person is playing as well as their objectives for any
You will also want to spend some time and effort understanding what rules you
should follow in order to improve your success.
There are many individuals who operate at a distinct disadvantage in the most
of ruthless of Power Games because they have been ill-prepared to cope with the realities of their
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