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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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48 GET OUT THERE

If you don't know what's going on, don't worry about it. Drop yourself in the middle of it instead.

Machiavelli knew the limits for new leaders who want to remain above the petty struggles of day-to-day life. There's a fine line between being different and being aloof, he points out in the third chapter of The Prince, when he's talking about annexing new states. If you're so different that you don't know what's going on, you're in trouble.

DEFINING IDEA…

Who is wise?He that learns fromeveryone.

~ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

His advice to princes who had recently annexed new states was that, if those states had different laws and cultures and languages, they should always live there to experience those laws and customs. ‘Troubles ...

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