Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How to get to the top

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, “Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t” is supposed to be partly a “how-to” guide to rising to the top. My favorite tip: there is no point at which flattery becomes ineffective.

Schumpeter of The Economist (September 11, 2010) explains:

The will to power

Why some people have power over companies and others don’t

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March 9, 2011 Posted by | business, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Kissing Ass works!

Good to know, whether you’re the kisser or the kissee, even if you know you are deliberately being buttered up.  Also applies to ads — just watching them will affect your attitudes and decisions.  And the more down-on-yourself you are, the better it works.

From Scientific American Mind Matters, January 12, 2010:

Flattery Will Get You Far

Even obviously manipulative compliments are remarkably effective

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment