Friday, May 20, 2005

Power struggles, Participating in public

Workplace power struggles can be publicly manifested in a number of ways: personal interactions, mass email, physical posture, etc. Want to get involved?

Ways to challenge the authority of your committee chair...
  • Call a meeting and set the primary agenda items
  • Arrive early and sit at the head of the table -- normally occupied by the Chair
  • Conduct the business of the meeting (give handouts, ask for departmental reports, etc.)
  • Rephrase what the Chair says in your own words (for everyone else's benefit)
  • Be aggressive and doggedly defend your ideas, regardless of relevance
  • Re-send (to the committee) mass email messages the Chair has already sent to the committee members.
This is just a start. Be creative and seize the power.

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