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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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52 IT'S A DIRTY JOB

…but someone has to do it. If you're the person tasked with doing the jobs that are just too unpleasant for anyone else, at least do them well.

DEFINING IDEA…

The act of policing is, inorder to punish less often,to punish more severely.

~ NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Here's what the management books you read usually prefer not to tell you. Between now and the time you retire, you're going to have to do something nasty, unpleasant, brutish or unpopular. This will undoubtedly be when the stakes are high, and there is a lot of pressure on you to do the job. This is the time when nothing short of brutality will do.

In The Prince, the rather gruesome Chapter 8 details how rulers of the past seized power by wickedness (if you don't ...

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