There’s a dynamic happening that I am not fully understanding.
Too many friends are finding themselves in situations where they feel powerless.
I don’t get it…because this dynamic is happening to some of the most powerful people I know.
People who have deep expertise and mastery.
People who leverage that expertise with their hearts and souls.
People who engage the world with their entire being.
These are the people who I am trying to surround myself with. Be more like.
And it pains me to see them so frustrated. Intimidated. Disempowered. Hurt.
I spent this weekend refreshing my memory on power theory.
For whatever reason, I figured it might help me understand the dynamics of what is happening to them.
I revisited Alvin Toeffler’s Power Shift.
Back in the early 90s, he argued that we were moving towards a Knowledge Economy.
How power will be held by those with knowledge.
How knowledge is becoming increasingly more accessible.
How knowledge is being used to create its own economy.
How knowledge IS power.
I’m wondering, however, if we are looking at another shift.
Knowledge / information is so ubiquitous that I’m wondering if it is becoming devalued.
Maybe the real power will be for those people who can synthesize that knowledge.
Leverage their expertise.
Bring their whole being into their engagement with the world.
Connect disparate sources (most importantly – people).
The “cleverness” (Toeffler’s word) with which they use that information.
Seth Godin and Hugh MacLeod have been hinting at this recently in their work.
True “wealth” seems to lie in how you share with others.
What you stand for.
Who YOU are.
How you engage with the world.
Maybe the bullying and coercion we are seeing from those who have power based on title, perceived “authority” and the ability to give and withhold “rewards” is an attempt to intimidate those who will have power in this new economy.
Thing is – personal knowledge, experience, problem solving, engagement, heart…all of these things are gifts.
Being can’t be stolen.
It can only be offered.
And, to me, it is those who offer me the gift of their being who provide the greatest value.
Create the strongest bond.
NO ONE has a RIGHT to that gift.
Bullying and intimidation will only go so far.
This gift is a privilege to receive.
A gift I will do my best not to take for granted.
A gift I hope to reciprocate in kind.