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By Fareeha Qayoom



oday, I saw a very interesting demonstration of power in its raw state.


I was driving to work – it was after the rush hour in the morning. I was behind a Black Land Rover and we were both waiting to cross a major road. There is no traffic light at this point and it’s a high traffic area – there is also a T-Junction just up ahead. We were on a connecting road and obviously the right of way was not ours, however, all the cars (on the main road) gave way to the Black Land Rover!


Couple of intersections later, I again encountered the same Land Rover – this time, there was a traffic light and the light was red for the Land Rover. The guy crossed the intersection (at a red light) and no one turned a hair.  Go figure!

Might is right or as they say, “the King is Dead. Long live the King!”




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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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    The expression originated in France, where it is said “Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi!” It was used, originally in French, by the British as well.

    The literal meaning is that the king has died, and it is hoped that the new king will live a long time.

    The specific reasoning for the statement goes a bit deeper. In order to prevent a civil war, or any argument as to succession, the throne was ruled never to be empty. So the moment one king died, the next-in-line was declared king instantly, preventing an interregnum.
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  2. Might is Right or the Survival of the Fittest [Paperback]

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    Oftentimes, power is more narrowly defined, even when both its actual and potential forms are considered. While change is central in these definitions, the authors tend to focus only on changing the other. Thus, power is often defined as the capacity to influence others’ behavior, to get others to do what challengers want, rather than what the initial parties themselves want. It is, however, important to recognize that change can be within rather than without, or that it may be a combination of the two. This recognition is important in concerns about empowerment; beyond this, it opens up additional strategies to consider in combating injustice and seeking social change.


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    Is that what you pictured? Someone big and strong, or rich and influential, who controls people, places, or possessions?


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  5. 92 Ways You Give Up Your Personal Power
    By Ciel Grove

    And you’re thinking…92? Seriously?

    Okay, no. Not really. Just kidding.

    Realistically, given how much I talk we’ll be lucky if we get through the first five possible points in this article before they cut me off.

    I do apologize to those of you looking forward to an expansive novel on tactics for self-degradation here, as it’s not going to happen. I just figured I had to get your attention somehow, and 92 sounded both totally absurd and yet somewhat reasonable for a daily human experience in power loss. In truth I’d guess there have got to be millions of ways that we all lose a bit of our personal power each day, but writing ‘A million ways you give up your personal power every day’ seemed totally ridiculous.


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