Negotiation, Organizations & Markets
The word "power" triggers a negative visceral twitch in many people. It's a word that carries more than its fair share of baggage. But the kind of power I study -- intrapersonal power -- should not cause people to recoil, because it is neither zero-sum nor is it about interpersonal dominance.
In the bad old days, experts on body language tried to decode specific gestures by attaching specific meanings to them. We know better today; in fact, now we know that body language determines the thinking behind meaning.
The news had barely broken of Marissa Mayer's appointment to be Yahoo's next CEO before another happy announcement issued from the ex-Google executive: she's pregnant. The idea of a young, pregnant, female, pregnant CEO taking the helm of tech's most infamously messed up company — while pregnant! — was too much to resist for business pundits.
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Amy J.C. Cuddy
Division of Faculty & Research
Harvard Business SchoolSoldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163