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Takeaway #32 Machiavelli via the #freshprince

have you ever in your life experienced . . .

a day where Murphy’s law takes over your life

…and when the day was over you just had to say

you said man it’s just one of those days…


DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince     Just One of Those Days (1987)

Yo, it’s a warning shot over the bow

Truth be told, this ain’t my style

You gotta understand some stuff a man can’t allow…

Okay – people dissing Will sat on a wall

People dissing Will had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

couldn’t put none of their careers together again

You get it?….

Will Smith aka the Fresh Prince    Mr. Niceguy; Lost and Found (2005)

Look at these lessons learned over two decades.  It is not the wisdom of the lyrics but what it illustrates about career longevity and development.   Who would have thought that a kid from suburban Philadelphia with a potential one-hit wonder novelty rap status would turn into a multi-million dollar Hollywood power player actor-producer?  The keys are found in his name and these lyrics.  He was the Fresh Prince, but he certainly stands as the embodiment of what managers often try to glean from Machiavelli’s The Prince.

The Prince should have the capability to reinvent himself as need be.  Fresh Prince to Will Smith certainly qualifies.  The Prince must be able to be ruthless and others fear him when need be.  Note how The Fresh Prince transformed from a hapless victim of circumstances to that of the vicious, no-more-Mr. Niceguy that having suffered the fools that would dismiss him, puts them on notice he can make sure they never work again.  Look who is all grown up.

You can’t always be loved; sometimes people have to be afraid of you.  Now management by fear is not what BPM is recommending; but the ability to impose fear needs to be part of your management skill set.  Again your human resources development objective is to create a team of talented people who motivate themselves by their own desires and fears with little, if any, heavy handed motivation by you.  You manage the team like a ship at sea.  You direct their wind sails, but you don’t need to be a blow hard making the very wind that moves their ships on the ocean.  Yet, they need to know that you are capable of summoning thunder and lightening out of the sky for those that doubt your abilities or seriousness





About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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