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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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61 THEY WORK FOR YOU

Strong leaders need good managers. But keep your managers in their place if you want to keep yourself in yours.

DEFINING IDEA…

Dear, never forget one littlepoint. It's my business.You just work here.

~ ELIZABETH ARDEN (TO HER HUSBAND)

Shrewd rulers have capable ministers, Machiavelli says. It's easy to feel threatened by someone who is young, clever, talented, hardworking and popular – but these are exactly the sort of people you need around you. The problem, of course, is that you would prefer them to be around you and just a little bit below you.

The first point is that you need help. Machiavelli, as ever, breaks down rulers into categories. There are those who understand everything (rare), those who understand ...

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