Do You Feel Powerful or Powerless?

At the recent CHIME CIO Fall Forum event in Phoenix, AZ, we had the privilege to hear from Amy Cuddy. She gave some incredible advice to all those in attendance. So much so that we’ll have a few blog posts based on her comments.

For this post we want to focus on the question “Do you feel powerful or powerless?

It’s an extremely important question since it will play an important part in the trajectory of your career. That’s true if you’re searching for a job or if you already have a job. Appearing powerful or powerless can make a huge impact on the people around you.

Amy highlighted a number of observations about whether we feel powerful or powerless, but this one really caught my attention:

What a simple concept and if you’re like me you’re thinking back on times that you shrunk or times that you got bigger and how you felt. There’s definitely truth in the idea of expanding to become more powerful or shrinking when you feel powerless.

The moral of the story is that we can control our body language and it can significantly impact how powerful we feel. Striking a superman pose which is big and powerful can change our perception and make us feel more powerful. Think about that next time you are going for an interview or entering a challenging meeting for work. You’ll be surprised how a simple thing can help you feel and act more powerful.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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