Laws of Power #32

Play to People’s Fantasies
The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

Laws of Power #31

This law is something that I have been burned by in the past, but can be turned into something good. I think the only real defense against someone with malicious intent is to remember something that a teacher told me some time ago: Consider the source. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #30

Does anyone remember when you could get a good grade in school when you did some hard work? It never seemed right to me that all I had to do was show the teacher that I worked hard, but didn’t actually have to finish the assignment. Outside of the classroom, this doesn’t work. People don’t care if you worked hard to get a report done, get a sale, or whatever it is you do. They just care that you can get the job done.

Laws of Power #29

Last time, I talked about doing what you want to do with confidence. How do you get the confidence to know that you will be able to pull through? Part of that comes with having faith in yourself and those that you work with to get the job done. The other part comes from planning.

Laws of Power #28

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but today seemed prescient for this law of power like so many other times I have opened up this list. It’s something I was told by so many other strong leaders I have modeled my own leadership on. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #27

This law of power is used at some of the hottest up-and-coming and established companies today. Companies like Apple and 37Signals use peoples’ need for a belief system to help brand themselves. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #26

I don’t particularly like this law of power. It seems like an easy way to get ahead, but will hurt you in the long run. Keeping a clean appearance is important, but I believe there are better ways to do it. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #25

I’ve been watching a few movies lately that have reminded me about this law of power. We’re constantly told what to do in life by many different people. Parents, bosses, friends, governments, you name it. It’s like a quote I remember from Joe Versus the Volcano when one of Meg Ryan’s characters is explaining her father. She says something like, “My dad says that most people in this world are asleep. The few that are awake are the ones who are in control and they are constantly amazed at what they see.” Well, I’m awake now and I’m not going back to sleep. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #24

In consulting, soft skills go a long way to getting what you want. Negotiating, delegating, supporting; all of these skills come in handy the more you have to interact with other people. That’s why I like law 24. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #23

From what I’ve seen in business, it takes all sorts of things to make you successful. You have to have talent, intelligence, experience, humility, be comfortable with change, and even have a little luck. The most important virtues to have though are determination and focus. A sheer will to get things done will get you the furthest in business. More after the jump.