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Jonar Nader on secrecy

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Boss_12_SecrecyFrom Lose Friends Radio comes this reading ‘On secrecy’, narrated as an excerpt from ‘How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss’. You can read the transcript below, or listen to the original ABC recording by clicking on the green play button: [audio:Boss_Jonar_Nader_12_Secrecy.mp3]


The secret to success, is secrecy. When secret plans are executed with speed, they generate the master-stroke that secures success. Can you work out what secrecy and speed produce when they combust? The answer is, ‘surprise’. Only share your secrets with those who understand the importance of complete, iron-clad confidentiality. Anyone who cannot be trusted, must never be trusted No room exists for those whose ego prohibits them from feigning ignorance or your plans. Finally, do not tolerate carelessness, no matter how innocent in nature. Be aware that secrecy might become a currency with which people trade favours. If confidential information is known to exist, it will only be a matter of time before it is found. A sophisticated plan is like a loaded spring; when released, the stored energy catapults the project forward at high speed. This means that anyone who can trip the spring, by leaking what might appear to be insignificant information, can destroy the whole project. In addition, secrecy requires that you be unpredictable. Do not let anyone know your full capabilities, because when your limits become known, your scenarios can be anticipated. Do not be too quick to reveal your preferences or your passions.

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