The Rules of the Game

The Machiavellian Playbook for the Modern Office (A Satire)*

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· I. How an Executive Should Acquire Respect
Know that Reputation is Everything in the Modern Workplace
Never Lie, Shape the Truth to Fit Your Purposes.
Cultivate Mystery
Cultivate Dependency
Dress Well
Never Outshine Your Superiors
Never Place Yourself at the Top
· II. How to Use People to Suit Your Purposes
Types of Employee
Types of Boss
· III. How to Negotiate the Workplace
Meetings
Force Others to Act
Plans and Schemes
Budgets
Disputes
Alliances
The Goodwill of Your Colleagues
Rivals
Neutralizing Rivals
Master the Strategic Withdrawal
Mobilise the Cruelty of Your Co-workers

I. How an Executive Should Acquire Respect

Know that Reputation is Everything in the Modern Workplace

Never Lie, Shape the Truth to Fit Your Purposes.

Cultivate Mystery

Cultivate Dependency

Dress Well

Never Outshine Your Superiors

Never Place Yourself at the Top

II. How to Use People to Suit Your Purposes

Types of Employee

Types of Boss

III. How to Negotiate the Workplace

Meetings

Force Others to Act

Plans and Schemes

Budgets

Disputes

Alliances

The Goodwill of Your Colleagues

Rivals

Neutralizing Rivals

Master the Strategic Withdrawal

Mobilise the Cruelty of Your Co-workers

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