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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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50 THEY DO IT YOUR WAY

When two business cultures come together, more often than not it's a failure. If you don't stop people hankering for the old days, that failure's definite.

DEFINING IDEA…

Act like a man ofthought – think likea man of action.

~ THOMAS MANN

Machiavelli was a republican. He had lived in a republic, he wrote admiringly about republics in other books, and he believed that a republic offered the best opportunity for the maximum number of people to be happy and virtuous. But he was primarily a realist, and he knew that republics in his age didn't tend to last.

The most admired attribute of a state is strength, he writes. So he spends some time in the fifth chapter of The Prince discussing what happens if you annex a state ...

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