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10 Business Lessons by Francis Underwood

Books, movies and series' character of the last decade are far from the kind ones. The same is the protagonist of The House of Cards. Francis Underwood, brilliantly played by Kevin Spacey. He is also not a beau ideal,but he possesses an extreme power. He pushes aside all obstacles trying to stop him from achieving his goals.

So, here are 10 business lessons by Francis Underwood :

1 Take responsibility

Everyday Frank solves gazillions of the most difficult issues and always takes responsibility for this. To convince somebody to accept a proposition such as a disputable law, he shows an assurance in his own decisions and says clearly, “I take responsibility over myself.”

Why it works? He works in such a way as people who want to take decisions but doubtful and aren't ready to take risk . Taking a fall of a possible failure, he saves them from the fear of their own well-being.

Underwood is very sure of himself, he has a powerful team, he controls the situation and can act without bias even in the face of total uncertainty. Taking responsibility, he doesn't give himself any chances to step back, and it motivates him to act extremely cruelly and decisively.

2 Flexibility of thinking

He has two ways of solving any problem. He is a strategist and work out diverse variants. He teaches it his team. Having faced failure, he doesn't give up but try to run the B plan.

If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.

3 Don't jump to a conclusion

Underwood never yields to panic. And he prevents any hint on somebody else's senseless fear. Even the President's. When a situation is critical, Frank shows flexibility and tries to find a way out and doesn't yield to fear. Yes, sometimes he is really nervous and even can hit the ceiling when no one is watching him. But only when he has really huge problems.

4 Appeal to emotions

Frank acknowledges, for sure, all the downsides of his puppets. He knows where they are and when to push them. And in case he doesn't know, he starts a conversation and listens to the answers very carefully, reading between the lines.

5 Get prepared

There is a proverb that says,”Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” Analyzing Underwood's actions, we can see he always follows this proverb. He is ready to hold the line in terms of rival's attacks. He fights back every attack.

Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in the left.

6 Circle of trust

Frank is not a single person. He has a number of people he trusts. Those he can rely on and delegate a number of problems to, knowing that they will be solved. He has hardly achieved success acting only by himself. He is likely to lose his mind.

For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.

7 Be honest with yourself

Lying to yourself is the destiny of weak people. Underwood is frank himself (with spectators that is constantly applying ). Maybe that's why he wins our favor despite his depravity.

How honest are you with yourself ? How often do you inspire deceptive thoughts? Having taken a certain action, do you frankly admit why have you done it. First , it will be kind of difficult, but then such honesty will make you much stronger.

The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties. Never regret.

8 Say “NO”

Lots of people have problem with this phrase. It is awkward that they don't like to pronounce it. But if you are sure of yourself, why agree with something you consider a losing variant? Why not say “No”?

Above, I was writing that Frank is not afraid of taking responsibility . The ability to refuse and stand your ground is also a responsibility. People fear it and avoid it by all means. That's why you can use it to your benefit. Just learn to say “no” and take over the reins.

9 Create illusions

Underwood is a shadow master. He can pretend to be kind thing to the President, but sometimes he can be a furious warrior to his opponent. He is a manipulator who knows when it's advantageous to be weak and powerful.

There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.

10 Develop yourself

As said by Frank in the first episode of season 1, there are two types of pain: the sort of pain that makes you strong or useless pain. The first type contributes to our development. We are changing, and living through one problem followed by another. You don't need to be afraid of difficulties. They harden us. Use every opportunity to become stronger and better even if this opportunity looks like an obstacle.

From this moment on, you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing and nothing breaks you.

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