The Quest for Authentic Power

Getting Past Manipulation, Control, and Self-Limiting Beliefs

G. Ross Lawford (Author)

Publication date: 04/24/2002

The Quest for Authentic Power
  • Presents a new concept of power that will help readers achieve their deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation
  • Shows how conventional beliefs about power actually prevent us from being truly powerful
  • Recommends strategies for applying this new view of power in a variety of settings-in organizations, in the family, and in relationships in general

Authentic power-the power to consistently obtain what we truly desire-comes from within. Such power, the power to determine your own destiny, isn't achieved by imposing your will on others. In fact, Ross Lawford explains, power based on authority, control, strength, and status is not only ineffective, it is usually short-lived or more illusion than reality.

Drawing on psychology, theology, and business, Lawford outlines a new view of power based on authenticity and provides practical pointers for achieving your deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation. He provides strategies for applying this new view of power in every aspect of your life-including your work, your family, and personal relationships.

  • Presents a new concept of power that will help readers achieve their deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation
  • Shows how conventional beliefs about power actually prevent us from being truly powerful
  • Recommends strategies for applying this new view of power in a variety of settings-in organizations, in the family, and in relationships in general

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Overview

  • Presents a new concept of power that will help readers achieve their deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation
  • Shows how conventional beliefs about power actually prevent us from being truly powerful
  • Recommends strategies for applying this new view of power in a variety of settings-in organizations, in the family, and in relationships in general

Authentic power-the power to consistently obtain what we truly desire-comes from within. Such power, the power to determine your own destiny, isn't achieved by imposing your will on others. In fact, Ross Lawford explains, power based on authority, control, strength, and status is not only ineffective, it is usually short-lived or more illusion than reality.

Drawing on psychology, theology, and business, Lawford outlines a new view of power based on authenticity and provides practical pointers for achieving your deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation. He provides strategies for applying this new view of power in every aspect of your life-including your work, your family, and personal relationships.

  • Presents a new concept of power that will help readers achieve their deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation
  • Shows how conventional beliefs about power actually prevent us from being truly powerful
  • Recommends strategies for applying this new view of power in a variety of settings-in organizations, in the family, and in relationships in general

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Meet the Author


Visit Author Page - G. Ross Lawford

G. Ross Lawford, Ph.D. is the founder of a consulting practice that facilitates visioning for individuals and organizations, conflict resolution, and lifestyle changes to increase individual effectiveness, decrease stress, and achieve a greater sense of well-being. He was formerly president of ORTECH International, a large technical services firm. For more information, please visit http://www.utoronto.ca/stmikes/cont_ed/bios/lawford.html.

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Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Our Concepts of Power Shape Our Reality
    Chapter 2: A Conventional View of Power
    Chapter 3: What is Authentic Power?
    Chapter 4: The Conventional View of How Power is Changed
    Chapter 5: The Keys to Gaining Authentic Power
    Chapter 6: What Limits Our Power?
    Chapter 7: What is the Conventional Way to Exercise Power?
    Chapter 8: Exercising Authentic Power through Self-Empowerment
    Chapter 9: Creating An Environment for Self-Empowerment
    Chapter 10: More Power to You: The Transition to Authentic Power

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Endorsements

"Stimulating and rewarding. The Quest For Authentic Power shows Ross Lawford at his thoughtful and thought-provoking best. A must-read for anyone concerned with personal or organizational success."

-Sheldon Bowles, coauthor of Raving Fans and Gung Ho!

"Ross Lawford's message is so profound that for the past six years I have offered opportunities for the people I care about most, including my colleagues at work, to hear what he has to say. As with all great truths, Ross's message speaks to our inner wisdom-we know it to be true at the deepest level of our being. And, as with all great truths, the challenge lies in making it a daily practice. Fortunately, Ross offers many suggestions to support each of us in finding our own path."

-Pam LaPalme, Vice President, Administration, Munich Reinsurance Company, Canada Branch

"I have experienced occasional glimpses of authentic power, as described by Ross Lawford, only to have my ego rise up to wrench control of my actions and words once more; even as I consciously watch it happen. The Quest for Authentic Power will be kept close by as I strive to replace my stumbling blocks with a stepping stones."

-Paul Bates, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Schwab, Canada

"As valuable as a business handbook as it is as a classic self-realization manual. Clear, concise and inspiring."

-New Age Retailer

"A wise and thorough examination of a whole new way of thinking."

-NAPRA Review

"Cutting edge book ... provides practical pointers for achieving your deepest desires without manipulation, coercion, or intimidation."

-New Equipment Digest

"Lawford reframes the concept of power, leaving behind its Machiavellian connotations for a more synergistic, internally generated way of leading."

-Baltimore Daily Record

"A thoughtful and practical treatise on real power. Too bad the leaders of Enron, etc. did not read this book."

-Orange County Register

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