11 Practical Steps Towards Healthy Power Dynamics at Work

More empowerment, less coercion

Richard D. Bartlett
Mar 15, 2019 · 10 min read
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Empowerment: How to Maximise Power-From-Within

Step 1. Encourage your peers

Step 2. Discourage permission-seeking

Step 3. Create practice spaces

Step 4. Find you mentors

Step 5. Rotate roles


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Step 6. Break the power taboo

Step 7. Name the levels of engagement

Step 8. Limited decision mandates

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A screenshot showing Maptio’s friendly circluar org charts

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Step 9. Consent-based decision-making

Step 10. Celebrate dissent

Step 11. Share the ownership!


There Is No Perfect Shape


Postscript: Further reading & doing


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Richard D. Bartlett

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I write about working together (http://richdecibels.com). Loomio cofounder (http://loomio.org). Enspiral member (http://enspiral.com).

The Tuning Fork

Stories from The Hum, providing practical guidance for decentralised organisations.

Richard D. Bartlett

Written by

I write about working together (http://richdecibels.com). Loomio cofounder (http://loomio.org). Enspiral member (http://enspiral.com).

The Tuning Fork

Stories from The Hum, providing practical guidance for decentralised organisations.

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