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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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54 THE BUCK STOPS HERE

We naturally defer to powerful people. It's not right or wrong, we just do.

When Machiavelli wrote about ecclesiastical authority in Chapter 11 of The Prince, he commented that ordinary people ‘cannot get rid of these rulers, nor even think about doing so’. When we don't have power ourselves, most of us naturally defer to authority, no matter what those authority figures demand of us. We don't get rid of the boss, because the boss is the boss.

DEFINING IDEA…

The only way to predict thefuture is to have power toshape the future.

~ ERIC HOFFER

This is why so many of us work unreasonable hours and then go home and complain to our husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, mates, neighbours – and never to our managers. ...

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