This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages.
"Even if The 48 Laws of Power can be read as a bastard's handbook, he wrote it to demystify the dirty tricks of the executives he encountered during a dispiriting period as a Hollywood screenwriter."- The Guardian
"By the book's conclusion, some protagonists have appeared too many times and seem drained." - Publishers Weekly
Why You Should Want Power? First of all, having power is related to living a longer and healthier life. Second, power, and the stature that accompany power, can produce wealth. Third, power is part of leadership and is necessary to get things done. Finding the right place for you requires several steps. First, you must
In the early 1960s, Douglas McGregor defined contrasting assumptions about the nature of humans in the workplace. These assumptions are the basis of Theory X and Theory Y teachings. Theory X assumes that people are lazy and will avoid work whenever possible. Theory Y, on the other hand, assumes that people
For more than twenty years, management expert Bruce Tulgan has been asking, What are the most difficult challenges you face when it comes to managing people? Regardless of industry or job title, managers cite the same core issues 27 recurring challenges: the superstar whom the manager is afraid of losing, the
Do not rely on friends; they will never be totally honest with you. They will not openly disagree with you in order to avoid arguments.
Keeping silent makes people reveal more about themselves. This is information you may be able to use against them later on.
Sow doubt and spread rumors about your rival. Even if they vehemently deny it, people will still be wondering why they are so defensive.
A solid reputation increases your presence and exaggerates your strengths without your having to spend much energy.
Be careful not to go too far in attacking another’s reputation, it draws more attention to your vengefulness than to the person you are slandering. Use subtler tactics like satire and ridicule.
For Negotiations and Meetings, It Is Wise to Lure Others Into Your Territory, or a Territory of Your Choice.
Once Someone Suspects You Are Manipulating Them, It Will Be Harder to Control Them. Making Them Come to You Gives the Illusion They Are in Control.
Most Often the Effective Action Is to Stay Back, Keep Calm, and Let Others Be Frustrated by the Traps You Set for Them.
Don’t Bother Demonstrating if Time and Experience Will Eventually Teach the Other Person What You Are Trying to Say. Save Your Energy and Walk Away.