Laws of Power #22

Many things in this life are counter-intuitive on the surface. You do one thing and you get the opposite of what you want. Sometimes to get what you want, you have to do the thing you least want to do. Of course, this tactic can backfire, but it’s another tool to use through life that many people could use, but don’t.

Laws of Power #21

Being a consultant is a tricky job. There are usually plenty of political issues within the client to deal with. In particular, people don’t like to be told they are stupid. Bringing in a consultant to work on a project that couldn’t be done in house or was not able to be completed by internal staff seems to signal that there is something wrong with the people at the organization. While this may be true in some cases, people still don’t like to _hear_ that. A great trick to use is this next law of power. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #20

After having problems with an owner of a business, this week’s law of power came in handy by allowing us to get out of his way and do the right thing. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #19

In my relatively short time in business, I have made a few enemies. It was a painful process, but it taught me some powerful lessons about doing the right thing even if it wasn’t popular. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #18

This week’s law of power talks about a need to keep your ear to the ground and not defend yourself in a fortress. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #17

This week’s law talks about being unpredictable and how it can work against those who would try to predict what you are going to do next.

Laws of Power #16

This week’s law of power is a great one about scarcity. Most people know about supply and demand and can understand that things become more valuable when they are rare. Some however, don’t realize it takes rarity along with demand to make something (or someone) valuable. It is this subtlety that escapes some and is at the heart of this week’s law. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #15

I took a break with these for a while, but now they are back. More on that in another post. This week, I talk about completely defeating an enemy so that they do not come back. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #14

This week’s law talks about knowing your rival. I recently used the same advice to make myself better for a position. More after the jump.

Laws of Power #13

This week’s law is great. I’ve always heard from people, “It’s better to catch flies with honey…” and, “A spoonful of sugar…” These sayings all get to the core of what people respond to: something sweet for them. More after the jump.