Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 at 8:20am
Enemies are the product of success. That doesn’t mean it’s advisable to collect them. Whether an enemy is powerful, wise, stupid, venal, or misguided, he can torpedo you at any time, and will, probably when you least expect it. As long as he’s viable, that is, has at least one friend in senior management, an enemy is a time bomb waiting to go off in your face. If you can’t eliminate an enemy by guile or muscle, try cordiality, and a little discreet support of his objectives. This policy of live-and-let-live, while easy with friends, is even more advisable with enemies. Once he or she understands that you are prepared to cultivate a slow and enduring hatred, rather than a hot and murderous resolution, the enemy may be content to remain a thorn in your side rather than a knife in your heart.
For further information on the lessons contained here, refer to The Curriculum: Everything You Need To Know To Be A Master of Business Arts.