Archive for November, 2008

Power, Authority or Influence

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I met my friend Gideon at Bodeguita del Medio for a drink tonight.  Talking about work, he reminded me of his view that there are three key attributes an individual can possess in an organization:

  • Power, the ability to prevent something from happening;
  • Authority, the ability to approve something;
  • Influence, the ability to get something to happen.

Influence, is clearly the most useful, of course, and when an individual also has Authority, an organization can be moved.