7 Lessons from a Power Summit

andrews kurth logoPower isn’t complicated: Power is the capacity to get things done. To have impact. To make a difference.

Power isn’t a thing that you have or you don’t have. Power is fluid. It is constantly circulating and being negotiated. You ignore it at your own peril, your own impotence.

The UT Center for Women in Law just released a comprehensive report summarizing the Power Summit it hosted last April (with the generous headline sponsorship of Andrews Kurth LLP). The report is a terrific read, full of real-life stories and strategies (click here to download it). Not just for the law profession, either. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of how you can be accessing the power you need to accomplish what you want:

  1. Get comfortable with the pursuit of power.
  2. Be intentional about what you are seeking.
  3. Face your fears.
  4. Identify and build strategic relationships.
  5. Act with power.
  6. Don’t cede the hill.
  7. Practice.

Next time: My personal takeaways from the Power Summit.

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