Leverage is a fickle thing. Consider the following:
- The company in a remote area has a tremendous amount of leverage of local employees, especially if the latter have no desire to learn new skills or move.
- The highly skilled employee weighing multiple offers can exert significant leverage over each prospective employer.
- The home seller has leverage over the buyer who becomes emotional, especially if the former doesn’t have to move.
- The cable company has leverage over its customers, especially when local rules prohibit free choice (as is the case in my neighborhood).
- The author with a strong following is holding some strong cards over her publisher for her next book advance, especially since self-publishing is becoming an increasingly viable–and less stigmatized–option.
I could go on, but you get my point.
So, what are you doing to maximize your leverage?