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7 things employees wish they could tell their boss about salaries

LinkedIn had an interesting article Friday whose title I snagged for this blog post. The 7 items are: We don’t care about pay scales Forget policies. We talk. We think about our pay a lot. We will sometimes let you take advantage. When we have to negotiate … we both lose. No matter how much we earn, […]

August 17, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes – law 41 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 41 What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish […]

August 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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despise the free lunch – law 40 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 40 What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners […]

July 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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apps on the network

{This started as a Disqus reply to Eric’s post. Then I realized blog comments shouldn’t be longer than the original post } The app-on-network concept is fascinating: and one I think I’ve thought about previously, too. Hypothetically, all “social networks” should have the same connections: yet there’s dozens upon dozens (I use at least 4 […]

July 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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stir up waters to catch fish – law 39 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 39 Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance. Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings. –Robert Greene, […]

July 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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think as you like but behave as others – law 38 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 38 If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and […]

June 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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who wants an “all-star team” anyway?

A friend sent me this job listing recently, and I see it suffers from a wrong-headed (though well-intentioned) institutional fixation that hiring managers seem to have: that of wanting an “all-star team”. “we are building an all-star team” Sigh. This mentality is promoted by smart, successful people like Joel Spolsky: “You’re going to see three […]

June 25, 2014 · antipaucity · 9 Comments
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create compelling spectacles – law 37 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 37 Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then, full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power […]

June 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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my theory of social networking

I know lots of folks who like to have everything they share on one social network (eg Google+) magically appear on all others they use, too (eg Twitter & Facebook). While I sometimes share identical content out to several networks, I rarely want precisely the same thing going everywhere all the time. In fact, while I […]

June 3, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge – law 36 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 36 By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you […]

May 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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