Classical Management Style

    June 2, 2005

If you ever receive a letter with an introduction …

“When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?”

… that ends with…

Cicero ultimately vanquished Catiline despite the latter’s attempt to form a rebel force with other rich and corrupt men.

“The city should rejoice because it has been saved from a bloody rebellion. He asked for nothing for himself but the grateful remembrance of the city for what he has done. He acknowledged that this victory was more difficult than one in foreign lands, because the enemies were citizens of Rome.”

You still have time to flee. Go forth, Catiline.

…you may be in trouble of epic proportions.  Star Wars kind of stuff.

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