You’re More Powerful Than You Know

When I read most of the pundit’s opinions on what they think the greatest contribution of the Internet is, they always point to the flow of information and the influence of networking. I do think that’s true, but what I think is an even greater contribution is the enormous power that’s been given to anyone that reads anything on the Web.

Why do I think this is so important? Because what’s always amazed me is the enormous amount of time that those in power spend making anyone else they’re competing with feel as if they have no power at all. My own experience bears this out.

It wasn’t until after I left my previous career and experienced other opportunities and challenges that I realized there were very few I’d worked with in the past that were any more talented or had more potential than I did. They were just better at making me feel otherwise.

So, what kind of power am I talking about? I think it’s cultural power, mostly, based upon a mindset. The culture of anything is founded in a set of core values that shapes a purpose for existing, provides a vision for what might be realistically possible and embeds a mindset that causes that vision to materialize.

It’s all motivated by the power to speak up and share opinions and ideas with people, who are like-minded and can help make that vision happen. When we combine the leadership of ideas with an organization of like-minded people, we create a culture.

What I discover every day is that it’s far easier for those in power to disrespect that culture, slow it down or silence it entirely than to consider the possibility of a better way of doing anything.

What they don’t realize is that people soon wake up to the fact that they can take that power for themselves anytime they want to.

Truth Be Told, they just need enough like-minded voices encouraging them to do so.


Written by Maxie Carpenter

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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