The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers. Where The Art of War, by Sun Tzu is written as an overview of the whole topic of strategy, seeking to provide an overall understanding of the subject; and The 36 Strategies tries to impart the knack of strategic thinking through 36 maxims related to well known Chinese folk stories, Mr. Greene focuses on how we influence and manipulate one another, ie "power".
Greene draws from both Eastern and Western history and literature as
his source material. Sun Tzu and Machiavelli as cited as much as
wonderful stories of famous con men. Among my favorites is about a
scrap metal dealer thinking he bought the Eiffel Tower.
of the 48 Laws carries many examples, along with counter examples
where it is appropriate that they be noted, and even reversals.
It is a very thorough study of the subject and the hardback version is beautifully produced.
Law #6 is: Court Attention at All Costs.
If no one notices your work, you'll be passed over. Simply by being visible to those above you, will increase your opportunities for advancement. You're somebody, not one of the nameless toiling masses.
I remember a former co worker whom we nicknamed "Magic." I can't remember his actually having done anything, except whenever something notable occurred, he seemed to materialize just before the managers showed up. Not by doing anything, but by being present, he associated himself with the good work being done by management and got more that his just share of rewards.
The downside is clear enough. If you are always visible, when something goes wrong you may be pinned with the blame.