Takeaway #189: Credible Threat?

      “She need to get a, piece of the American pie and take her bite out

That’s my house, I’ll disconnect the cable and turn the lights out

… see I ain’t the one who laid down

She wanna … start a … war, my lawyers stay down

Outkast   (Ms. Jackson from Stankonia)

Takeaway #189:  An unfortunate domestic situation – BPM prefers to look at the enterprise implications today.  Litigation, war, and ultimate sacrifice have their place in corporate success.   Sun Tzu and Machiavelli have covered the ground on this one.  One point:    If a matter goes to the core of operations, there must be a willingness to “bet the firm” if it is truly essential- or at least have it perceived to be an option.  Your competitors and you must believe that all options are on the table.  This is a rare event – but a credible threat is a valuable deterrent.

Takeaway #186 on what it is via @pharoahemonch

See this is not American Idol

This is me tryin’ to eat, human survival

Spit at your favorite rapper, take his title

Stick needles in his eyeballs ’til his signs are no longer vital

This ain’t that

I’m not them

These ain’t those rhymes, I’m not him

Pharoahe Monch What it Is

Takeaway #186:  Do you want to be loved or feared?  Machiavelli says feared.  You do not need to be the star, but be the last one standing.  Who needs to be the ace at the meeting, if you are bringing home the most bacon?