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November 8, 1999

TAKING ACTION

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We all have some level of influence or power. We can use that power for good and benefit our organizations and those around us. We can also abuse that power and use it for ourselves at the cost of our organization and others. The Golden Rule will guard against this very thing. Work through the following exercises to think more deeply about how to live out the Golden Rule with your power.

1. Do an analysis of your positional power and your personal power.

● My positional power looks like:

● My personal power looks like:

2. Name five ways to use your power to benefit others and your organization:
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3. Name five ways your power could be abused:
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e.

Unfortunately, for many people having power is like drinking salt water. The more you drink, the thirstier you get.—John Maxwell

4. Can you name a role model who exemplifies using his or her power in light of the Golden Rule? Why did you pick this person?

6. Name three ways to counteract the thought that power brings with it privilege.

7. Can you think of a situation in which power is abused for personal gain on a regular basis in your organization?

8. How can you break this ongoing cycle?

No man is wise enough or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.—John Adams

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