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plan all the way to the end – law 29 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 29 The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. [...]

February 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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enter action with boldness – law 28 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 28 If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid. –Robert Greene, The [...]

January 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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everything with a webui should publish rss

RSS is far from dead – it’s ubiquitous. What astonishes me, though, is that not all applications that have a WebUI don’t publish feeds via RSS (or Atom – same difference). OpenNMS and Nagios (via a plugin) will push alerts via RSS – which is fantastic: there’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be able to filter [...]

January 24, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following – law 27 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 27 People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices [...]

January 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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keep your hands clean – law 26 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 26 You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakesand nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

December 27, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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re-create yourself – law 25 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 25 Do not accept the roles society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, on that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will [...]

December 13, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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play the perfect courtier – law 24 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 24 The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the most oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of courtiership[ and there will be no limit to [...]

November 27, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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concentrate your forces – law 23 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 23 Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key [...]

November 13, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power – law 22 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 22 When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose to surrender instead. Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you – surrender first. By turning the other cheek [...]

October 27, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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what should a professional services group’s goal(s) be?

Should it be as a revenue stream? Or can it be far, far more? Every place I have worked since getting into professional services back in early 2008 has viewed the goal of the organization as making money by performing services. Whether or not the customer was happy, something useful was delivered, whether a relationship [...]

October 25, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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