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1. Assume you were joining a company as a new employee. What steps would you take to determine the source of power within the organization? Of French and Raven's five forms of power, which do you consider the most important source of power and why? How would you use this information for your benefit in performing the duties of your job?

2. Find three definitions of power. Which do you believe is most relevant and why?

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If I were joining a company as a new employee, I would determine the source of power within the organization by first reviewing the organization's chain of command or management hierarchy information, or chart, asking employees who they looked up to and respected the most within the organization, and simply observing in order to ascertain which members of the organization that the employees had the most reverence and respect for. In most cases, the most important source of power would be ...

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