This is an article written by Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer before Ms Brooks’s tumble from grace. It credit her rise to power by effectively using strategies, many of which Professor Pfeffer teaches about.
I got the impression from the UK media that little was known about Rebekah Brooks’s background, but, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, she took up horse riding, golf and sailing in order to get close to people in power she wanted to meet. Surely, there must be more to it than that ………….? There is, and the article gives some insights into various ploys to achieve power and success plus their downside, some of which we are seeing unfold now.
Briefly though, if you’ve not got the time to read articles and want some quick pointers towards power and success, apparently flattering people helps, but not too much; similarity to the powerful people you are targeting will attract attention, but don’t be a clone; and being different and unconventional can be a help. However, be warned, it may all turn out to be a slippery slope.
This is the link to the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/07/power_rule-breaking_and_rebeka.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date