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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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81 STRENGTH AND STRENGTH OF CHARACTER

‘There are many tests by which a gentleman may be known; but there is one that never fails – how does he exercise power over those subordinate to him?’ For ‘gentleman’ read ‘good manager’.

DEFINING IDEA…

It is excellent to have a giant'sstrength; but it is tyrannousto use it like a giant.

~ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Having established that the way out of a rut is to pay more attention to our fellow man, Smiles goes on to assert that the real mark of a strong person is how gently they treat others. Actually, he blows it a bit for the modern reader by ranking women as ‘subordinates’ but he was writing in an era when a large number of top professions were closed to women and little attention ...

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