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The 48 Laws Of Power

  1. 2. The 48 Laws Of Power AUTHOR: Robert Greene PUBLISHER: Penguin Books DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2000 NUMBER OF PAGES: 452 pages Book pic
  2. 3. <ul><li>A comprehensive, well-researched synthesis of timeless philosophies as applied in real-life situations by powerful figures in history. </li></ul><ul><li>This book lends business people a wealth of ideas on the subtle art of playing the power game, exercising clever cunning, and understanding human weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>The 48 Laws of Power will make you master of the game and give you the edge over your rivals. </li></ul>THE BIG IDEA
  3. 4. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Never outshine the master. </li></ul><ul><li>Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies. </li></ul><ul><li>Conceal your intentions. </li></ul><ul><li>Always say less than necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Court attention at all cost. </li></ul><ul><li>Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit. </li></ul>
  4. 5. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Win through your actions, never through argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Infection: avoid the unhappy and the unlucky. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to keep people dependent on you. </li></ul><ul><li>Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim. </li></ul><ul><li>When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude. </li></ul>
  5. 6. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Pose as a friend, work as a spy. </li></ul><ul><li>Crush your enemy totally. </li></ul><ul><li>Use absence to increase respect and honor. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Do not commit to anyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Play a sucker to catch a sucker – seem dumber than your mark. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power. </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate your forces. </li></ul><ul><li>Play the perfect courtier. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-create yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hands clean. </li></ul>
  7. 8. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>27. Play on people’s need to believe to create a cult-like following. </li></ul><ul><li>Enter action with boldness. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan all the way to the end. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your accomplishments seem effortless. </li></ul><ul><li>Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal. </li></ul><ul><li>Play to people’s fantasies. </li></ul>
  8. 9. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Discover each man’s thumbscrew. </li></ul><ul><li>Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one. </li></ul><ul><li>Master the art of timing. </li></ul><ul><li>Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge. </li></ul><ul><li>Create compelling spectacles. </li></ul><ul><li>Think as you like but behave like others. </li></ul><ul><li>Stir up waters to catch fish. </li></ul>
  9. 10. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Despise the free lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter. </li></ul><ul><li>Work on the hearts and minds of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once. </li></ul>
  10. 11. The 48 Laws of Power <ul><li>Never appear too perfect. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not go past the mark you aimed for; In victory, learn when to stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Assume formlessness. </li></ul>
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