"A refreshing and enlightening new perspective on what it means to be powerful." - SUSAN CAIN, bestselling author of QuietAn eye-opening exploration of power and how we can harness it using performance techniques borrowed from actors.
What if instead of worrying about getting more power, we focus on using the power we do have better? Stanford business professor Deborah Gruenfeld combines 25 years of social psychology research with personal experience to reveal the truth about power: that we all have more than we realise and what counts is what we do with it.
Acting with Power shows anyone seeking greater professional and academic success what power is actually for, how to identify it within ourselves, and how to use it constructively using acting techniques. Some of us crave a bigger role, and many of us feel like imposters in our current ones. Acting with Power shows us how to be the best version of ourselves in any role, on any stage.
Deborah Gruenfeld has been a professor of social psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has a masters in journalism from NYU and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois and began her academic career at Northwestern before being recruited to Stanford. Widely published in her field, she is a frequent keynote and featured speaker at executive conferences and internal events at large corporations.
"Those of us who know Deb Gruenfeld have been dying to get our hands on this book, and it definitely does not disappoint. Acting with Power is an entertaining and uplifting read, filled with sharp insight, practical advice and a strong moral code. This book will change how you think about power and how you handle it - and will help you see the power you may not have known you have.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, author of Lean In, and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
A smart, interesting, and timely book about how to use power in everyday life - and just as importantly, how not to."
Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Deborah Gruenfeld's perspective on power had a big impact on us at eBay. In her new book, she offers fresh insights on the important topic of how we deal with our own power and powerlessness. Acting with Power cuts through the cliches and shows us how power can work.
John Donahoe, incoming CEO, Nike
Acting With Power stirs us to give our best performance as players on the corporate stage. It directs us, with a disciplined approach, in the art of acquiring power by using our abilities while being our authentic selves. This book is a treasure; I wholeheartedly recommend her approach. I'm most grateful to have learned so much from her to harness my power to grow as a leader
Tristan Walker Founder & CEO, Walker & Company Brands, MBA Stanford GSB 2010
We tend to think of power as something that looks and works more or less the same in anyone who wields it.
But as Deb Gruenfeld explains in this insightful and eye-opening book, there is no one "right" - or "wrong" way to act with power.
We can all learn how to adapt our performance based on the setting, the relationship dynamics, and the emotions we bring on stage with us. This brilliant book shows us how.
A refreshing and enlightening new perspective on what it means to be powerful.
SUSAN CAIN, bestselling author of Quiet