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The Rules of Power

The Big Idea for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Harvard Business School’s Robert Steven Kaplan argues in his new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, that success is not about meeting someone else's definition, but reaching your potential by defining it on your own terms. 

In order to accomplish this, you need to have a very good understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, a state of awareness that surprisingly few are actually able to achieve. The result is that many people are unable to be proactive when it comes to skill development. In today's lesson, Kaplan argues that you therefore need to take ownership of assessing your skills. only then, Kaplan says, will you be able to properly understand feedback and cultivate coaches and mentors to help you develop. 


  1. 1 Do You Know Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses? Most of Us Do Not.
    Robert Steven Kaplan What You're Really Meant To Do
  2. 2 We're Not As Moral As We Think (And How That Gets Us in Trouble)
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 There's No Success Like Failure: Why You Need to Learn to Sing the Blues
    Robert Steven Kaplan What You're Really Meant To Do
  4. 4 Max Bazerman: Blind Spots, Bernie Madoff's and Ours
    Max Bazerman

The Rules of Power

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