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Lead Stories Podcast is the flagship podcast of Lead Stories Media. Co hosts and executive producers Jo Saxton and Stephanie Williams O'Brien tell tales of leadership and life with the aim to encourage, equip and empower. 

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Apr 30, 2018

Following on from last week, Jo and Steph discuss three more pitfalls of power: celebrity status, experiencing powerlessness and hoarding power. Listen in to hear why being a celebrity is so often confused with anointing, what experiencing powerlessness can lead us to do and how to avoid hoarding power in order to give other people a voice.


Book mentioned: The Failure of Nerve - Edwin H. Friedman


Discussion questions:


1. Would you do what you are doing anyway, if nobody was watching? Is there anything you wouldn’t be doing if other people were watching?

2. Can you think of a time where you experienced feeling powerless? How did it make you feel? How did you react?

3. Are you ever tempted to hoard power? How can you amplify other people’s voices, especially those voices that are underrepresented?

4. Which of the 6 pitfalls mentioned in the last two podcasts (or any others you can think of) are you most vulnerable to? (1. Not recognizing Relative Power (rather than positional power) 2. Lack of accountability and transparency 3. (The lie) that the end justifies the means 4. Seeking celebrity status 5. Responding badly to experiencing powerlessness and 6. Hoarding power)

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