We've all been there at one time or another. You have just lost your job of many years. You're facing a particularly challenging situation with a customer or a colleague. There's wind of downsizing or a merger, causing uncertainty. You've been passed over for promotion.
Abraham Lincoln once said that “if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. While power is a ubiquitous and necessary aspect of corporate life, it is the abuse of power that has vilified the very term in recent years.
Today's workplace can be a demanding environment. We are often asked to do more with less, required to work in larger, cross-functional teams that brings with it interpersonal challenges, or forced to deal with external change and uncertainty.
All of this change and associated emotion can make one feel strained, adrift and powerless.