Do you long to talk openly with others about the differences in power and rank between you? Are you looking for ways to safely speak about how this impacts the relationship?
Power dynamics may be inevitable in relationships both inside and outside of the office, but the real problems arise when trust is not part of the equation.
Many of us lack experience in communicating about our pain that arises from unconscious dynamics of power. It can be challenging to navigate the intentions behind our actions and the impact that others experience from our behaviors.
The good news is it is possible to have frank and mutually respectful conversations about these delicate issues, and Mika Maniwa and Kanya Likanasudh are here to demonstrate how.
This course will explore:
- Definitions of structural power and personal power
- Different kinds of rank such as social, psychological, spiritual, contextual
- Your expectations around power
- Your capacity to process emotional relational dynamics
Over 4 power sessions, you will have the chance to practice:
- Initiating conversations about power differences
- Assessing people’s willingness to talk about the costs of those differences
- Dealing with defensiveness, denial, or even reassurance that others view you as their equal no matter what rank you hold
- Inviting others to acknowledge their feelings and needs that have not been met
- Making time for your needs and inviting the focus back to you
- Coming up with new agreements to serve everyone involved
If you are in a power-up position, you will practice how to talk openly about your structural power and transparently invite feedback and collaboration.
If you are in a power-down position, you will practice how to approach people with more structural power in your relationship to discuss dynamics of behavior and impact so that you can give feedback and input.
Regardless of where you lie on the power spectrum, you will come away with essential tools for navigating this tricky terrain.