I just found something really curious in an old notebook: seven Samurai Principles.
Curious, because they seem to sum up the principles of influence too.ï¿½ Here they are:
Gi – Justice andï¿½ Morality
If you do right by people, then they are likely to reciprocate.ï¿½ People with an attitude of fairness are universally trusted.
Makoto – Complete Sincerity
Follow up on your promises ï¿½ always.ï¿½ Once you let me down, I will never trust you again.
Rei – Polite Courtesy and Respect
When you treat other people politely and respectfully, they will have one reason fewer to resist you.
Yu – Heroic Courage
Arenï¿½t we all in awe of those who can rise above the masses of people who are afraid to act.ï¿½ This is a sure route to make people feel they want to follow you.
Meiyo – Honor
Make decisions with total integrity ï¿½ do whatï¿½s right, rather than what is easy.
Jin ï¿½ Benevolence and Compassion
You may have strength, power and authority, but the compassion to help others and be nice to them when you can will mark you as someone special.ï¿½ Go further: if an opportunity does not arise, look for one.
Chugo – Duty and Loyalty
When someone comes into your sphere of influence, keep faith with them.ï¿½ Friends and trusted colleagues are easier to keep than find, but they are easier still to lose.ï¿½ So work at it.