That guidance is the platform on which The Power Pose meme has been constructed. Lawyers, of course, better practice it. Otherwise, they will be mowed down in court, the negotiating table, developing new business, and supervising subordinates.
But, what is The Power Pose exactly?
Essentially, as Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy explains on TED and in her best-selling book "Presence," The Power Pose consists of the body language which transmits the message: I own this space. But, that has to be begin with the mindset that, yes, we really do deserve to own whatever. The prerequisite for that might be to view plenty of videos created by American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.
One of my former clients, Bob Dilenschneider, has The Power Pose down to a fine art. No coincidence, in the early 1990s, he published the best-seller "Power and Influence." Tall as a redwood tree, he knows how to leverage that attribute.
Yes yes yes, those of us who are out there mingling with brandname power players know that there really is such a phenomenon as The Power Pose. And that it is effective.
Also, incidentally, you don't have to be tall and conventionally beautiful to get the hang of it and enjoy its outcomes.
The "work" I did on myself in Arizona over 27 months included incorporating The Power Pose into how I present myself, in all contexts. I am five feet. In graduate school in the 1970s, the man who arranged the blind date with the guy who was to eventually ask me to be his wife summed me up as, "She isn't pretty."
Via The Power Pose, my business caught fire and my social life became what it never had been before.
However, now, as New York Magazine reports, The Power Pose is being questioned by one of the original researchers - Dana Carney - as not real. Cuddy rebuts all that.
Science Smacience. So much for the scientific controversy. The wheel of fortune turned in my direction when I retrofitted my body language, clothing, and accessories to create the aura of power. No surprise, that seeped into my blogging. Traffic surged.
Those who can create a mental paradigm shift from self-hate to self-respect can put together The Power Pose. That's especially challenging for lawyers. In the rooms of recovery I encounter them all the time. Often they continue to hold together extreme self-loathing with verbal bravado. They take over the room. But it is experienced as insecurity, not presence.