Cover of On the Manner of Negotiating with Princes.

On the Manner of Negotiating with Princes

author: François de Callières (1983)
date read: 2019-12-19
pages: 110
lists: nonfiction
rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

I enjoyed this book a lot, because it gives insight into the thoughts and everyday work of diplomats three hundred years ago. It’s not a subject I’ve thought about in detail before, so this was fascinating. The approach to the matter is broad enough that the book could with very little editing work as a self-help or management book today. Plenty of good advice, too, such as insisting that secrecy is harmful and transparency builds trust, or that when an employee fails their task, the person managing and hiring (here: appointing) them carries their share of the responsibility. A lot of other advice is applicable still, too, such as the detailed approaches to negotiations, depending on one’s own power and advantage. I added some quotes here on goodreads, and I’ll add some more once I get them off my phone. Short, enjoyable, I’m happy I chose to read this book.

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