9. In negotiating contracts, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.
Make sure to set clear contractual goals in a pleasant manner. Demands only make it more likely that they will hire someone else.
8. Experience shows that each hired killer has to be dealt with as an individual with his or her own murderous needs and aspirations to glory.
George, it you kill three archers today you get promoted. Seven archers and we can talk about moving you out of the stable.
6. Sometimes (usually) employers like to play divide et impera (divide and rule) with mercenary companies. Social skills can help you build the cohesion to keep your people together.
Again, remember that they are paying you for YOUR pointy weapons. If they had pointy weapons, they wouldn’t need you in the first place.
5. Adversaries will often attempt to bribe your people. They are, after all, mercenaries. Social skills—and even a modicum of, dare I say it, trust—can keep them on your side and at your back.
Keep you enemies closer than your friends but never let your friends too far out of eyesight.
3. Staff meetings run much better if the officers communicate well, and struggle for corporate clarity when violence is the only mode of exchange. That is, when all the officers want to kill each other.
Martha, you get to lead out the raiding party tomorrow. Yes, I know you are better at it than Steve, but it’s his turn.
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