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For centuries Machiavellis The Prince has inspired spirited debate To some it is a political primer in ruthlessness To others it is a practical treatise on the methods necessary to succeed in a world of treason ambition and ego And now it is one of the most compelling business books ever The New Machiavelli mines The Prince for the timeless rules and tricks that can help todays business rulers survive and prosper in the forest of greed and treachery that is commerce Alistair McAlpine enriches Machiavellis text with scenarios from modern business offering keen new insight into what motivates people McAlpine has taken the lessons Machiavelli preached added new perspectives gained from his firsthand knowledge of business and power politics and applied them to modern business practices He outlines how to deal with the political minefield within the corporate fortress including the whims of employee subjects and the mandates of stockholders And he offers planning alliances and staring down the threat of emerging marauders competing for your market share He also takes up how to maneuver around different types of characters found in all businessesthe able lieutenant the obliging employeewith a fascinating look into human nature Machiavelli writes well of fortune and his words of five hundred years ago are as true today as they were true then Machiavelli would have to adapt much of what he wrote to the modern age as McAlpine has tried to adapt to his writings However the thrust of Machiavellis words are still relevant today still at the heart of the advice which should be given to the one who would prosper in business Courage honor energy ability perseverance and above all total dedication are the ingredients of success This book is not for the average employee The New Machiavelli is a guide for those courageous individuals who are prepared to accept the burden of responsibility and are ready to take on the risks necessary
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