Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall, American Beauty, The Road to Perdition, and a bunch of plays and musicals, set down his 25 Rules for Directors, most of which can also be applied to business and, essentially, any creative endeavor.

Not sure, though, if you run a business how you could work with Dame Judi Dench.  But you can, as Mendes quotes Polonius from Hamlet, “by indirections find the directions out.”

In other words, screw up enough and you can find out how things work.

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