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"Nahh, that wouldn't work"

After having it recommended to me for the fifth time, I finally read through Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It didn't seem like it'd be interesting to me, but I was really mistaken. It's fantastic.

One thing I noticed is that Harry threatens people a lot. My initial reaction was, "Nahh, that wouldn't work."

It wasn't to scrutinize my own experience. It wasn't to do a google search if there's literature available. It wasn't to ask a few friends what their experiences were like and compare them.

After further thought, I came to realization - almost every time I've threatened someone (which is rarely), it's worked. Now, I'm kind of tempted to write that off as "well, I had the moral high ground in each of those cases" - but:

1. Harry usually or always has the moral high ground when he threatens people in MOR.

Looking the Part

On MGT500

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

We see the importance of appearance in direct association to leadership in many ways. We have an archetype of the way God or Jesus dress, there's the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. Though that story teaches another lesson, it is interesting to think that how a leader looked was so important to him, he went out in the streets in front of all his subjects stark naked. How we present ourselves is as important to feeling like a leader as it is to the outside world. While their are deviations from the norm, for example Steve Jobs' black turtleneck look, your presentation can be the first expression of leadership you do you make.

What you wear and how you look is so important that the Wall Street Journal has a regular feature titled Work Wear.In this feature they follow the fashion cultures of leading corporations and their employees. At Foursquare they wear t-shirts, it's expressively business casual at Yahoo, anything goes at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. (WSJ, n.d) They also wrote an article just about the way mogul Thomas Barrack dresses, stating that, how he dresses "is more of a tool than a trend." (Binkley, C. 2007) He dressed differently for each locale, ties his scarves in a particular fashion, and wears red ties for luck.

In an overview of world leaders and the garb they prefer, there is a running theme of national traditional wear, military uniforms, and suits - symbols of authority and connection to one's realm of leadership. Though, some leaders have a flair for the fantastic like the previous Pope Benedict's pension for Prada or Muammar Gaddafi being known to wear elaborate outfits. It was even reported that the New York Times received a purported Gadhafi government request for help in organizing a Metropolitan Museum exhibition of the dictator's "four decades of superior dress sense." (B. Neild, 2011) It is obvious that even on the world stage how one dresses equates to their position.

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