So I've been reading a few books on dogs, their perception, behaviour, instinct, and how to train/condition them.
And sometimes I find these paragraphs that seem asif they might as well be from a book on human leadership, politics, and business.
For example this paragraph from Jean Donaldson's "The Culture Clash" on creating and maintaining an illusion of choice for your canine to ensure obedience:
"If you rehearse this enough, the dog gets the picture. No anger, no frustration, just a simple rule: comply and you get the good stuff dogs like. Don’t comply and you don’t get them. Dog’s choice. If you give the dog this choice, he will comply, no matter what else is out there because you are exploiting rather than competing with the reinforcer hierarchy. You are using the laws of learning to which he is always, without exception, perfectly obedient.”
Think about it. That line is the best advice you can give anybody to get an edge over others.
Relationships? exploit rather than compete with the reinforcer hierarchy.
Work? exploit rather than compete with the reinforcer hierarchy.
Want an electoral advantage? exploit rather than compete …
Mind you, the illusion of choice blends perfectly with the paradox of choice, divide and conquer, and the big lie.
You juggle these correctly, and you'll do well on the world stage.