EppsNet Archive: Niccolo Machiavelli

Loved or Feared


Most of what Machiavelli said made sense, but certain things stick out wrong — like when he offers the wisdom that it’s better to be feared than loved, it kind of makes you wonder if Machiavelli was thinking big. I know what he meant, but sometimes in life, someone who is loved can inspire more fear than Machiavelli ever dreamed of. — Bob Dylan, Chronicles Read more →

Slinging the Bull


The verb — to sling — is key. You do not offer bullshit. You do not put it forth. You sling it. Keep in mind that slinging, as an action, requires a loose arm and a relaxed attitude. It’s a careless action, and should be fun for both you and the recipient, although probably more fun for you if they’re not expecting it and are forced to receive it with their guard down. — Stanley Bing, What Would Machiavelli Do? Read more →

Profiles in Management: The Liar


My boss’s boss resigned yesterday. If I had to sum him up in one sentence, I would say — and I think he would take this as a compliment — that he made Machiavelli look like a goddamn amateur . . . Thus spoke The Programmer. Read more →