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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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74 EXCESSES SPELL TROUBLE

Sun Tzu states that, ‘Too frequent rewards signify that the enemy is at the end of his resources; too many punishments betray a condition of dire distress.’ When an army is reduced to either excessive reward or excessive punishment then it is a good indication that there is trouble ahead.

Although it is tricky to find examples of excessive use of punishment in the workplace there is no end to excessive rewards.

DEFINING IDEA…

‘You show me a capitalist, andI'll show you a bloodsucker.’

~ MALCOLM X

Had it not been for the spate of corporate collapses, including Enron and WorldCom, the failure of Global Crossing, the telecom network, might have made a little more news. When it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

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