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Machiavellian Intelligence

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Machiavellian Intelligence exposes the hidden realities of corporate behaviour with wit and humour.

Based on the authors’ long experience of working for major corporations, and on hundreds of hours of interviews with business leaders, senior executives, HR experts and leading executive-placement professionals.

Explores the career strategies that lead successful executives to the very top of the corporate world.

From the authors behind the unique title Perform to Win.


Publisher: LID Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-911498-50-6

FORMAT: 198 x 129mm

Bookbinding: Paperback

Number of pages: 192pp


Jonathan GiffordJonathan Gifford is a business author whose writing focuses on the human aspects of business, management and leadership and on the lessons that business can learn from history. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and Indonesian. Jonathan studied philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury and spent the early part of his career in advertising sales and management with various national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday. He later moved into magazine publishing with BBC Magazines and was the launch publisher in 2000 of the award-winning BBC History Magazine. He is the co-founder, with Dr Mark Powell, of The Human Energy Organisation. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and children.


Mark PowellMark Powell is a partner at A.T. Kearney consultancy and Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Jonathan Gifford is a business author and partner of the digital advertising agency Bluequest. He also lectures in marketing at the European Communication School.


This book will surprise and shock you – and if you work for a corporation of any size it is essential reading! The real stories will galvanise you to build better and flourishing futures for your business and colleagues, to design and create new corporate behaviours, rituals and systems that make you proud and society better.

Anton Musgrave, Senior Partner, Future World International

The antidote to the idealised business cultures of recent years. This book is a stark reminder of the fact that business means business.

Eleni Chalmers, Leo Burnett

A ‘must read’ for anyone aspiring to senior leadership positions in business. You get a gut-wrenching sensation as you re-live your own experience of the authors’scenarios and start to appreciate what you really should and could have done in your best career interests.

Robert Williams, Transformation Director, Denton Williams Consulting

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