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Should be 7+stars--Learn it! Live it! Love it! CONQUER!
on May 29, 2003
Career stalled out? Tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and getting savaged by all the young, smiling MBAs clambering up the sides of your cubicle with rapine, blood, murder and stock options in their eyes? Tired of seeing that snarling 30-something driving the Jaguar XJ8..., when it should be you? Fantasize about having that corner office on the 49th floor with the working fireplace, adjoining bedroom, and full washroom with a steam shower?
In short, are you tired of being a chump, and are you ready to be King of the Corporate Jungle? Do you think that the people who succeed wildly in society are brigher than you? Of *course* they're not!
They're just meaner.
That is the central thesis of Stanley Bing's marvellous little book, "What would Machiavelli Do" which draws on classic philosophy to give you a primer for revamping your career, your outlook, and ultimately attaining your dream goal of wielding power, throwing money around, and making the corporate stiffs around you cower in their Guccis.
Always witty and engaging, Stanley Bring distills the timeless wisdom of that Florentine master of Real Politik, Niccolo Machiavelli---and serves it up piping hot, with a dollop of poison..., right to your table! What could be better? A promotion, better corporate digs, a Dodge Viper to ride to work in, more stock options, and a golden parachute, for starters---but hey, you're learning. With Bing's invaluable little tome, you will be able to dust yourself off, start loving the only person on Earth who really matters (hint: you), and start building up a corporate career that would give Napoleon the shivers.
Speaking of which, do you remember Machiavelli, the author of such bloodcurdling tomes of political realism as the "Prince" and the "Discourses"? If you don't, Bing will summarize for you quickly, as will I: Machiavelli was the guy who said "the Ends justify the Means." He also said that, presented with the quandary of whether it is better to be loved than feared, "the Prince should hope to be loved, but be sure to be feared."
Bing draws from the guts of Machiavelli's writings to come up with 45 pithy little nuggets of wisdom, each reeking of brimstone and guaranteed to turn you into a better---or at least meaner---person. Don't believe me? Check out some of his headings on what Machiavelli might do if he were here----and in American business----right now:
*He would think BIG
*He would move forward like a great shark, eating as he goes
*He would acquire his neighbor
*He would do what he feels like doing
*He would fire his own mother, if necessary
*He would realize that loving yourself means never having to say you're sorry
*He would follow the money honey
*He would have fun
Guide for corporate success, sure---but a guide to life as well. When I first came across "WWMD", I was in a deep career funk; I had just graduated from my MBA program, the market was starting to tank, M&A activity was way down, and I was despondent that it might take me 3 years rather than just 1 to get my first Jaguar. Then I saw this little tome, read some of the titles, laughed myself silly, and was in high spirits again. Just the chapter headings are worth the price of admission.
Bing has produced a modern classic, one of which the Master himself would approve. "What would Machiavelli Do" proves that you shouldn't just *climb* the corporate ladder---bring a few of your own (along with a few other siege engines), and capture the whole castle. Get this book---learn it, live it, love it---and watch the fear in your co-workers' eyes as you conquer the world.