Key takeaways from the book are:
- Anger is the most destructive of emotional responses, for it clouds your vision the most
- It is even more damaging for an minister to say foolish things than to do them
- An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power. Power’s crucial foundation is the ability to master your emotions
- A solid reputation increases your presence and exaggerates your strengths without you having to spend much energy
- People feel superior to persons whose actions they can predict
- The ultimate power is to get the people do as you wish
- When you meet a swordsman draw your sword. Do not recite poetry to one who is not a poet.
The author clearly defines the "48 laws" that can help you in gaining power. The author not only talks about situations where you can apply these 'techniques' but also warns you of situations where you shouldn't. The references from history was kind of too much and was going above my head.
These techniques will serve as an armor, if your work environment expects you to play politics. If you don't play them right, some of these ploys may also bring you down from power.
This material is a good source of techniques to be aware of. It will help especially when people try to play these tricks on you.
Author's website: http://robertgreene.net/