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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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11 STOP BEING SO NICE

It's considered good to be virtuous, but if your main aim is to gain and protect power, don't get hung up on the small print.

For 3000 years the books about power and the powerful that give advice are usually hopelessly out of touch on one central and crucial point: for a ruler to be powerful, that ruler also has to be a ‘good’ person. Always.

DEFINING IDEA…

Folks who have no viceshave very few virtues.

~ ABRAHAM LINCOLN

This fits with our concept of meritocracy – for someone to rise to the top, they need to be better than the rest of us, however this ‘goodness’ is measured. Our ideals of religion and ethics can sometimes be impossible to live up to in daily life. When you're a leader, with tough decisions to make ...

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