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Ginni Rometty

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    The primary use of good power lies in being in service of others

    Good power is a force to be reckoned with. It pushes you to aim for personal growth and advancement until you transform into your best self. But while it does serve you well, its impact actually goes beyond individual benefits – it also makes a world of difference when used in the service of others.

    To be in the service of others is to prioritize their needs ahead of your own and actively assist them to become better, too. That doesn’t mean merely delivering what you’re supposed to. That’s just “serving” and not “being in service of.” The latter involves a deeper commitment, where you exceed what’s required of you and go as far as stepping into the other person or people’s shoes.

    Now the question is, how do you become in service of others?

    First and foremost, you need to give the others value, primarily one that solves their problems or helps them improve themselves. But value doesn’t appear out of thin air. To come up with something valuable for the people you’re in service of, you need to research them first. You can’t address an issue you know nothing about, so read up.

    Listen to the others, too. Just by keeping your ears open, you’ll understand so much more about their needs.

    To deliver value, you need to develop clear communication skills, as well. After all, the best advice and insights are those that are simple and easily digestible. You don’t want people to spend hours grasping what you mean, because then you’re wasting their time, and that’s the exact opposite of giving value.

    On top of delivering value, you can also be in service of others by teaching them. Be their mentor and show them how they can develop their skills. Share your knowledge, encourage them to keep learning, and give them the resources that support their personal growth. That way, they can readily take on challenges and realize their full potential.

    That’s how you use good power to be in service of others.  

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    What is Good Power about?

    Good Power (2023) is a memoir detailing the author’s experiences from childhood up to her becoming CEO of IBM. Sprinkled with personal growth and leadership lessons, it tackles the concept of “good power” and its five principles. 

    Who should read Good Power?

    • Business leaders aspiring to change their community 
    • Professionals looking for leadership advice
    • Anyone wanting to change their own and others’ lives

    About the Author

    Ginni Rometty was the first-ever female CEO of tech giant IBM. She assumed the position in 2012 and retired in 2020. She’s now the cochairperson of the nonprofit organization OneTen which champions the recruitment of Black Americans into well-paying jobs. 

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