CHAPTER 2Managing Your Status

This chapter won’t ask you define yourself using concepts put forth by Plato and Aristotle, where everything on earth is bounded by a hierarchical structure starting with God and progressing downward through the ranks of angels and demons, royalty and regular folk, to animals, plants, and rocks. You already know what position we humans hold in that Great Chain of Being. Instead, I ask you to consider where you stand in relation to the decision maker(s) you seek to influence.

Considering Status: Where Do I Stand?

This is not a rhetorical question. The good news is, it’s not a philosophical one, either. Consider these questions: Are you influential or famous? Or are you, more likely, a “mere civilian”? Who are the ...

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