Also: Schooling, and social class (both particularly relevant here in the UK).

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Sep 12Liked by Kent Beck

A great list, and one that made me pause as I considered how many of these power dimensions I've exercised over the years as your basic middle-aged, slightly pudgy white guy: my height, moving quickly to the whiteboard, generally quick thinking, a fast reader with good recall, well spoken, and others, including (to my shame, as I look back on it now) some of the more destructive ones. I have, on occasion, been the one saying "I'm the senior engineer, so we're doing it this way", but I view those as very unfortunate exceptions to what I think has been a general habit of searching for good answers, instead of my answers. I mean, I'm vain enough to think that my answers are often good, but I've almost always found that they've been much improved by conversations with others.

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Sep 12Liked by Kent Beck

This is a really great list and it made me reflect on some of my own behaviours (being always among the first to draw “the right graph” on a whiteboard). This works well in societies with low power distance and high individualism. Power works differently in East Asian or Middle Eastern business environments.

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Sep 16Liked by Kent Beck

After some thoughts, here are few additional ways power can manifest in various contexts:

1. Digital Literacy: Familiarity with technology, software, and digital platforms can place individuals at an advantage in today's digital age.

2. Language Skills: Being multilingual, especially in globally important languages, can extend one's influence and reach.

3. Education: Holding degrees or qualifications from prestigious institutions can offer credibility and command respect.

4. Cultural Capital: Understanding and navigating different cultures effectively can bestow power, especially in diverse environments.

5. Mentorship: Having a mentor or being one can signify access to knowledge, networks, and influence.

6. Charisma: A magnetic personality can draw people in, making them more amenable to one's influence.

7. Resilience: The ability to bounce back from setbacks can be seen as a strength and can influence others.

8. Endorsements: Being publicly supported or endorsed by influential figures can greatly increase one's perceived power.

9. Access to Media: Having connections within, or control over, media outlets can shape public perception.

10. Expertise in Crisis Management: Those who can effectively handle emergencies or crises often earn respect and authority.

11. Negotiation Skills: Being an adept negotiator can position one favorably in various situations.

12. Integrity: A reputation for honesty and consistency can grant a form of moral authority.

13. Financial Acumen: Understanding and effectively managing money, investments, and economic trends can provide significant power.

14. Network: Beyond just professional connections, having a vast and varied network can open doors and opportunities.

15. Public Speaking: The ability to command a room and articulate ideas clearly can sway large groups.

16. Innovation: Those who can think outside the box and bring novel solutions to the table can gain considerable influence.

17. Trustworthiness: Being seen as reliable can lead others to confer power upon an individual.

18. Control Over Resources: Possession or control over scarce resources can bestow significant power.

19. Conflict Resolution Skills: Those who can mediate and resolve disputes can hold power within communities or organizations.

20. Legacy: The long-term impact of one's actions or creations can provide a lasting form of power, even posthumously.

21. Active Listening: The ability to listen, understand, and respond thoughtfully can foster trust and respect.

22. Adaptability: Flexibility in adapting to change can place individuals at an advantage in evolving situations.

23. Recognition: Receiving awards or public acknowledgment for accomplishments can amplify one's influence.

24. Time Management: Mastery over one's schedule and commitments can signal discipline and command respect.

25. Physical Presence: The way one carries themselves, from posture to physical fitness, can project confidence and power.

26. Affiliations: Being a part of, or leading, esteemed groups, clubs, or associations can extend one's network and influence.

27. Secrecy/Knowledge: Having exclusive information or insights can be a form of power, especially when others seek that knowledge.

28. Public Image: How one is perceived in the public eye, cultivated through PR or social media presence, can be a form of soft power.

29. Loyalty: Having a group or individuals fiercely loyal to you can greatly extend one's influence.

30. Longevity: In some contexts, simply having been in a field or position for a long time can confer respect and authority.

31. Patronage: The ability to grant favors, resources, or opportunities to others can be a source of power.

32. Credibility: A track record of accuracy, expertise, or consistency can make one's voice more influential.

33. Empathy: Understanding and resonating with others' emotions can lead to deeper connections and trust.

34. Decision-making: Decisiveness, especially under pressure, can be a sought-after quality.

35. Branding: A strong personal or organizational brand can attract followers, customers, or allies.

36. Risk-taking: Those willing to take risks and succeed may be seen as visionaries or leaders.

37. Inclusivity: Fostering an inclusive environment can lead to a broader base of support and trust.

38. Counseling Skills: The ability to offer advice or guidance, especially in difficult situations, can bestow a form of leadership power.

39. Strategic Thinking: Looking at the bigger picture and planning long-term can set certain individuals apart.

40. Philanthropy: Generosity and charity can win respect and can influence communities or sectors.

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Reminds me of this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_violence

for a philosophical perspective on the topic

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Rule 1, 12 Rules of Life, Peterson. Be like a Lobster 🦞, "To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open", holding the hierarchy:)

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