Corporate Machiavelli | HD Movement Podcast

Key Takeaways

  • Machiavellianism: Manipulating people into getting the outcome that you want
    • People skills and social skills have a societal positive connotation, while Machiavellianism and cunning have a societal negative connotation
      • The difference is in connotation, not meaning. They are all the same thing.
      • The skill is neutral, how you decide to use it is the connotation
        • Manipulation can be used positively and negatively in a variety of ways for business, government, relationships, etc., but gets a blanket terminology from the disproportionate extremely negative outliers (Psychopaths)
  • 50% of career growth is being good at your job, the other 50% is playing office politics
    • It’s very difficult to rise through any corporate hierarchy without likability and charm specifically tailored towards your superior
    • Likeability > Competency (usually, outside of highly technical occupations like physics)
  • “If you tell someone something and they dislike it and they realize it’s false, they will get slightly annoyed. If you tell someone something and they dislike it but subconsciously know it’s true, they will become enraged” – Corporate Machiavelli
    • Societal progress falters when individuals foster greater investment in their emotions than in truth
    • Twitter in a nutshell
  • “Give me control of the media for 30 days and I can get the masses to believe anything” – Corporate Machiavelli
    • Information will always be manipulated by the media to fit the intended narrative
    • Corporate Machiavelli discusses the products included in the Consumer Price Index CPI are dishonestly and intentionally chosen to reflect an inaccurate inflation rate
  • Avoid comfort in misery, use your tools and resources to actively make your life better
  • It’s difficult to give advice on what to do, its easy to give advice on what not to do
  • The exponential pace of societal change is making our elders generational advice less and less applicable
    • People often stop adjusting their mental models at about the age of 30
    • Not continuing to learn is a form of laziness that people simply can’t afford in the modern-day
  • The meaning of life is to have as many happy days as possible and as few miserable days as possible

Intro

Intro to Corporate Machiavelli Twitter Account

  • The anonymous Twitter account controller behind the Corporate Machiavelli (@corporatemach) communicates that he is terminally ill, doctors give him anywhere from 3 months to 3 years to live
    • Wasn’t going to release his research until later in life, but the illness inspired him to share it with the world
    • Covid could have a severe impact on him with the pre-existing condition, so he has been writing extensively in lockdown
    • The Twitter account posts are thoughts that couldn’t be neatly put into the essays on the Corporate Machiavelli website
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (written in the 1600’s)
    • The book essentially describes how to be an effective dictator-style king in medieval Europe
    • The message has not aged precisely, Corporate Machiavelli (@corporatemach) is intended to interpret the lessons into modern day application
    • Manipulation has become more difficult because the population is more complex and diverse

Machiavellianism

  • Machiavellianism: Manipulating people into getting the outcome that you want
    • People skills and social skills have a societal positive connotation while Machiavellianism and cunning have a societal negative connotation
      • The difference is in connotation, not meaning. They are all the same thing.
      • The skill is neutral, how you decide to use it is the connotation
  • The people who are best at manipulation are disproportionally identified as very intelligent psychopathic men
    • Manipulation can be used positively and negatively in a variety of ways for business, government, relationships, etc but gets a blanket terminology from disproportionate extremely negative outliers
      • Negativity Bias: we are more likely to recall negative events over positive events
        • Evolutionary trait, because not recognizing a negative circumstance could pose an existential threat
    • Psychopaths lack the function of the amygdala, which results in the lack of compassion and lack of fear
  • Resources to read on Machiavellianism:

Corporate Machiavellianism

  • 50% of career growth is being good at your job, the other 50% is playing office politics
    • Be aware of every person’s (within your company) ability to influence your potential to be promoted or fired
    • Find out who wields the power, varies by industry
      • “You should be discriminating your superiors in terms of how much energy you pour into getting their work done well and quickly” – Corporate Machiavelli
      • You’re going to run into this inevitably, you might as well have a plan
      • This is something you’ll have to do until you’re the boss

Charm & Likeability

  • Charm and likeability are the most successful traits of Machiavellianism
    • Jobs interviews more often than not select for likeability over competency
    • Charm, Machiavellian Social Competency – detailed essay on how to make people like you
      • Be extremely good looking, an uncommonly said but understood truth
        • People who are in the bottom 20% of unattractiveness can make aesthetic adjustments to get at least above average
        • You’re more attractive when you are fit, that fact is a simple biological motivation for reproduction and survival

Corporate Machiavelli Tweets

  • Preface to tweets:
  • “If you tell someone something and they dislike it and they realize it’s false, they will get slightly annoyed. If you tell someone something and they dislike it but subconsciously know it’s true, they will become enraged” – Corporate Machiavelli
    • The fact that people get mad about something probably means that there is some truth behind it
    • He doesn’t want any of his tweets to be truths, but he thinks that they are – his educated opinion
  • Tweets:
  • “Give me control of the media for 30 days and I can get the masses to believe anything” – Corporate Machiavelli
    • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
      • The people will believe whatever the media tells them
      • Believes the inflation rate is more towards 5%-7% but the media manipulates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to dishonestly reflect a moderate inflation rate by intentional selecting less relevant products to include in the index
      • Politicians motive behind dishonesty is to avoid being blamed and potentially losing office
  • “I would rather die than live and be powerless. Death is nothing. To live and be powerless is to die every day” – Corporate Machiavelli
    • Encouraging people to avoid comfort in misery, use your tools and resources to actively make your life better

Life Advice from Corporate Machiavelli

  • Doesn’t have children, but the Corporate Machiavelli essays would hypothetically give them the information to compete for success and happiness in the 21st century
  • It’s difficult to give advice on what to do, its easy to give advice on what not to do
  • Don’t assume your elders are a good source of information – many people stop updating their mental models at about the age of 30. Was previously more applicable with a slower societal pace of change.
    • Not continuing to learn is a form of laziness that people can’t simply afford in the modern era
  • Recommends against recreational substance use, but you should be able to use substances for the sake of performance
    • It is very common in the financial/engineering/athletic elite to achieve their success with some sort of performance-enhancing substance
  • The meaning of life is to have as many happy days as possible and as few miserable days as possible
    • Always prioritize the quality of life over quantity of life
  • Life is long – be thoughtful because consequences can often give a lasting feel
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Notes By Drew Waterstreet

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