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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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The Rules of Power

The Big Idea for Thursday, May 23, 2013

In today's lesson, Harvard Business School’s Robert Steven Kaplan explains what separates the good from the great, or the intangible qualities that leaders are always on the lookout for. In short, Kaplan, the author of the new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, says you need to act like an owner.

What does that mean? 

Do you act like you have skin in the game? Do you speak up when you disagree with your boss? Do you possess (and express) your authenticity? None of these intangibles are easy to express in organizational culture, Kaplan explains, because "understanding who you are is a difficult thing to do."


  1. 1 To Succeed, You Need to Play with Some Degree of Abandon
    Robert Steven Kaplan What You're Really Meant To Do
  2. 2 Share Your Time Like a Micro-Loan
    Adam Grant
  3. 3 5 Rules of the Road for Reaching Your Full Potential
    Robert Steven Kaplan Big Think TV
  4. 4 We're Not As Moral As We Think (And How That Gets Us in Trouble)
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

The Rules of Power

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