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Power for Change by Helen Bevan
|Duration||19 Minutes 41 Seconds|
|Description||Helen Bevan leads the NHS Horizons team, which is a source of ideas and knowledge to enable the spread of improvements at scale. She has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders and is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally. Helen: "If we want to make change happen in organisations or systems, we need to work with power. Power as defined by Bertrand Russell is "the ability to produce intended effects". In this context, it is helpful to differentiate between different kinds of power. Old power is positional power in an organisation or system. In an old power world, the people who can make change happen are those with the authority to push commands through the system. Old power is like a currency; some people have a lot of money but most people don’t. Largely, old power is transactional. People are held to account in a rational way for performance agreements and quality standards. By contrast, new power is like a current; it surges with energy when people come together with a shared purpose. The more that people participate, the more power is created. New power is relational; people engage in new power ways because they want to and it fits with their own priorities and values, not because they have to. The leaders who succeed in the future will be those who, even whilst they hold old power accountabilities, are able to operate in new power ways. The spread of change happens more through relationships and building of community (new power approaches) than through any other factor."|