Power and the Professional

Power and the Professional

After a decade working in professional ethics, a simple question occurred: why is being right not enough? What determines whether a person controls the outcome? Where does this power come from, how does it move, and is it always a good thing to hold?


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No matter who you are or what you aim to achieve, power determines whether you succeed or fail. But while power dynamics permeate every interaction in the workplace, the concept is very poorly understood or managed in practice. Everyone has influence over some people and is under the influence of others, and must choose how to deal with these realities in daily interactions.

This book offers a comprehensive and applied understanding of power in a professional scenario: where it comes from, how it moves and what that means in practice for how professionals work together.

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About the author

Gordon Young is the principal of Ethilogical Consulting. As a professional ethicist he offers extensive understanding of decision-making methodologies, value articulation, challenge management and strategic planning necessary for success in today’s hyper-connected world.

Gordon holds a Masters of Professional and Applied Ethics from Melbourne University, and a Bachelor in Social Science: Environment from RMIT University. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, and a member of the St James Ethics Centre, Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, and Australasian Business Ethics Network.

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