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The48LawsOfPower_BIZ - WISDOM IN A NUTSHELL The 48 Laws Of...

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The 48 Laws Of Power By Robert Greene and Joost Elffers Penguin Books 2000 Hardcover Edition ISBN 0-670-88146-5 Paperback Edition ISBN 0 14 02.8019 7 452 pages Businesssummaries.com is a business book summaries service. Every week, it sends out to subscribers a 9- to 12-page summary of a best-selling business book chosen from among the hundreds of books printed out in the United States eek. For more information, please go to http://www.bizsum.com . WISDOM IN A NUTSHELL
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The 48 Laws Of Power Page 2 www.bizsum.com © 2001, 2002 Copyright BusinessSummaries.com The Big Idea A comprehensive, well-researched synthesis of timeless philosophies –from Machiavelli to Suntzu, as applied in real-life situations by powerful figures in history such as Queen Elizabeth I and Henry Kissinger. Absorbing and entertaining, this book lends business people a wealth of ideas on the subtle art of playing the power game, exercising clever cunning, and understanding human weaknesses. Whether it is in the boardroom, at a power lunch, or a cocktail party– these laws will make you master of the game and give you the edge over your rivals. 1. NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTER. Transgression of the Law. Finance Minister Fouquet unintentionally outshone his master, King Louis XIV, making the King feel insecure by throwing a lavish party that would show off Fouquet’s connections, cultivated manner and charm. Thinking this move would make him an indispensable asset to the king, Fouquet had actually offended his master who did not like the fact people were more charmed by his finance minister than by him. The King found a convenient excuse to get rid of Fouquet. Observance of the Law Galileo was clever in observing this law by giving glory to his patrons. In order to solve his perennial problem of funding, he dedicated his discovery of the moons of Jupiter to the Medicis, since the royal symbol of the Medici family was the planet Jupiter. He then commissioned an emblem for them, with each moon representing one of the sons who revolved around the patriarch. The Medici family became his major patron, appointing him their official court mathematician and philosopher, thereby giving him a more comfortable life and a steady salary. Wisdom in a nutshell: Present your ideas in such a manner that they may be ascribed to your master, or could be viewed as an echo of your master’s thoughts. If you are more intelligent than your master, act as if you are not. Never take your position for granted. Never let favors you receive go to your head. Discreet flattery is much more powerful. Make it seem like you want to seek his expertise and advice. 2. NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS, LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES. Transgression of the Law.
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