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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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It's your prerogative to change your mind if you're the boss. Just don't exercise it too often. Good leaders make their decisions at the earliest practical opportunity – and they don't sit on the fence.

The Emperor Maximilian I, the head of the Hapsburg family, wasn't a man that Machiavelli liked. ‘Nobody can rely on his decisions,’ he complains in Chapter 23 of The Prince.

DEFINING IDEA…

I don't know the key to success,but the key to failure is tryingto please everybody.

~ BILL COSBY

We all know of a boss who leads in the way that Maximilian did, and we may well have worked for one. Machiavelli, who visited the imperial Hapsburg court in 1508 as a Florentine diplomat, describes that Maximilian was secretive and didn't like ...

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