Friday, March 16, 2012

The 48 Laws of Power --> Business Strategies / Personal Strategies That MBAs Should Know About (Warning: Use With Caution & Use Only For Good Purposes).

From the links:
By: Robert Greene.

Here are some articles about Robert Greene:
Youtube video below: Author Robert Greene discusses "The 48 Laws of Power"

From the book: The 48 laws of Power.

Books by Robert Greene that are extremely useful for MBA students:

  • Law 1: Never outshine the master.
  • Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends. Learn how to use enemies. 
  • Law 3: Conceal your intentions. 
  • Law 4: Always say less than necessary. 
  • Law 5: So much depends on reputation - guard it with your life. 
  • Law 6: Court attention at all cost. 
  • Law 7: Get others to do the work for you. But always take the credit. 
  • Law 8: Make other people come to you. Use bait if necessary. 
  • Law 9: Win through your actions. Never through argument. 
  • Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky. 
  • Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you.
  • Law 12: Use selective honesty & generosity to disarm your victim.
  • Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude.
  • Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
  • Law 15: Crush your enemy totally.
  • Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor.
  • Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability. 
  • Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself - isolation is dangerous.
  • Law 19: Know who you are dealing with - Do not offend the wrong person.
  • Law 20: Do not commit to anyone.
  • Law 21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker - seem dumber than your mark
  • Law 22: Use the surrender tactic: Transform weakness into power. 
  • Law 23: Concentrate your forces. 
  • Law 24: Play the perfect courtier.
  • Law 25: Re-create yourself.
  • Law 26: Keep your hands clean.
  • Law 27: Play on people's need to believe to create a cult-like following. 
  • Law 28: Enter action with boldness.
  • Law 29: Plan all the way to the end. 
  • Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
  • Law 31: Control the options: Get others to play with the cards you deal. 
  • Law 32: Play to people's fantasies. 
  • Law 33: Discover each man's thumbscrew.
  • Law 34: Be Royal in your own fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one. 
  • Law 35: Master the art of timing. 
  • Law 36: Disdain things you can not have: Ignoring them is the best revenge. 
  • Law 37: Create compelling spectacles. 
  • Law 38: Think as you like, but behave like others. 
  • Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish. 
  • Law 40: Despise the free lunch. 
  • Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes. 
  • Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter. 
  • Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others. 
  • Law 44: Disarm and infuriate with mirror effect. 
  • Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once. 
  • Law 46: Never appear too perfect. 
  • Law 47: Do not go past the mark you aimed for; In victory, learn when to stop. 
  • Law 48: Assume formlessness.