Coming out of the building, they set me up
Sprayed wit automatics, they wet me up
In a puddle of blood, I lay close to the edge
I guess I didn’t know the ledge…
Eric B & Rakim ♦ Juice (Know the Ledge)
Takeaway 107: Rakim always has been a touch melodramatic with the lyrics, but he’s classic. I love the word play on “knowledge” and “know-the-ledge.” True knowledge does help us determine our boundaries. The perfect economy contains perfect information & the perfect executive player is fully briefed on the conditions of the game. You are headed to a meeting, do you have the agenda; do you know the stakeholders and their positions? You are about to negotiate, what’s the other-side’s bottom line? Are they going to come friendly, or with guns blazing; will you be hit with friendly-fire from your own squad? BPM knows, do you?