by Michael Lopp

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Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence

Managers, wannabe managers, and folks who want to understand managers simply need to read The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers.

I’ve purposely not done any background research on this book, because my first reaction to this list was profound and I wanted to hold onto that reaction. There’s some pretty evil shit documented there as well as some basic truths about what managers are up to on a daily basis. At first I couldn’t tell if the guys who wrote this were serious when they write things like: “Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability.” But after several readings, ...

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