48 Laws Of Powerful Consulting Part 4


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The following presentation is an adaptation from the book - '48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene' mixed with our views.Thus the name Powerful Consulting. Keeping our promise, this is the last part of our presentation from the series.

It will give you an insight about a Powerful Consultant who is an Expert Professional and from a skilled talent pool.

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48 Laws Of Powerful Consulting Part 4

  1. 1. Laws of Powerful Consulting
  2. 2. Powerful Consulting <ul><li>Look we have got you the ‘To Be Contd.’ version of the last 12 laws of powerful consulting </li></ul><ul><li>This is purely an extension to the bandwagon of the laws of Powerful Consulting helping you to be more close to becoming a Powerful Consultant who is an expert professional and from a skilled talent pool. </li></ul><ul><li>The following are the last 12 laws on Powerful Consulting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Law 36:Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Then Is The Best Revenge <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>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 want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. </li></ul><ul><li>Stuff that matters is your ultimate goal – your personal wants and needs, your customers desires, and your management requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>You say NO to all the rest. Focusing only on stuff that matters helps you getting significant results. That’s fulfilling. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Law 37:Create Compelling Spectacles <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Making others using your skills is part art and part science. The Art part can be learned too. One crucial skill is performing or just public speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant must know how to present dry results he achieved in very appealing manner to both high rank managers and to those with grease under their nails. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Law 38:Think As You Like But Behave Like Others <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>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 The will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness. </li></ul><ul><li>Being yourself is key. That’s your brand. What consultant brings in is his experience – the most valuable product, stuff that matters. </li></ul><ul><li>The other side of the story is a human touch. Consultant’s personal brand is built of the two – the experience and the human touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Add a little human weirdness, but not too much – you do not want your customer flipping a bozo bit on you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Law 39:Stir Up Waters To Catch Fish <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions are your enemy. One impulsive word could ruin all that you have been building for so long. Practice emotional intelligence. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with simple “Park” technique. It will surely keep you out of trouble. There are way too many tough customers and bosses. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids sometimes drive you crazy even more. It works perfectly with wives too. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Law 40: Despise The Free Lunch <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>What is offered for free is dangerous – it is usually involves either a trick or a 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 with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sigh and a magnet for powers. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is free. There are exceptions though like love, trust, health, and time. These things are free. Ironically no money can buy it. </li></ul><ul><li>So once you have it – stay on guard and do not let it slip away from you. All the rest can be bought. </li></ul><ul><li>So buy it yourself. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Law 41: Avoid Stepping Into A Great Man’s Shoes <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>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 won making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a brand is hard, changing it is even harder. It is third time I reinvented myself professionally so I know it first hand. </li></ul><ul><li>What helped me establishing myself and getting my own shoes is applying few principles I followed each time. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Law 42:Strike The Shepherd And The Sheep Will Scatter <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoner of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not waste your time explaining best practices and proving your are right. Find the root cause for whatever you are involved with. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the time it is not even technical problem but human problem. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Law 43:Work On The Hearts And Minds Of Others <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn, And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear, Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster the idea of people-first approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Gather a great team of great people then state the vision and not the other way around. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Law 44:Disarm And Infuriate With The Mirror Effect <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of the Mirror Effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant is a natural target to ask him numerous questions. That is perfectly OK, but at some point the questions turn into distraction or even into a real blocker that prevents fruitful work. </li></ul><ul><li>Such questions can come either from procrastinators that flood you with purposeless questions just to kill time or from your enemies that are less than happy you are here and helping. </li></ul><ul><li>Defend yourself by asking question back. Procrastinators should get busy by trying to find the answers while leaving you alone, your enemies would respect you as superior opponent. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Law 45: Preach The Need For Change, But Never Reform Too Much At Once <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things. If change is necessary make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe it boils down to 3 keys – goal, plan, execution. It is OK to set “impossible” goals, call it challenging or aggressive goals. Do not discard it right away, try to build the plan – the milestones and action items (WBS – work breakdown structure). </li></ul><ul><li>Does it seem doable on the paper? If so, go ahead and just execute it against the plan. If it works and you hit your milestones - keep sticking to your plan, if not – change your plan. The trick is not getting too far with failing plan during the execution – fail fast. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Law 46:Never Appear Too Perfect <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity. </li></ul><ul><li>And that is it. Do not run the streets bragging about your strengths or weaknesses. Just do what you know to do best and constantly improve, then improve some more. </li></ul><ul><li>Say No to what you do not know how to do when asked. If you must do it – set proper expectations upfront, if you mustn’t – turn it down, “Sorry, I am not in the know, but I know the guy who perfectly suits the job.” Further reading. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Law 47:Do Not Go Past The Mark You Aimed For: In Victory, Learn When To Stop <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat, Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Hitting the mark, reaching the goal is a great satisfaction. Many efforts and time were invested to reach it. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate it. </li></ul><ul><li>Review. </li></ul><ul><li>Set another challenging goal, plan, and execute. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Law 48: Assume Formlessness <ul><li>Greene writes: </li></ul><ul><li>By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as a water: never bet on stability or lasting order, Everything changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. </li></ul><ul><li>Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. </li></ul>
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