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Turf wars not worth the fight

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Pyrrhus, king of ancient Epirus, sustained such heavy losses in defeating the Romans that his country never recovered. The term “Pyrrhic victory” now refers to a success whose cost outweighs its benefits.

A good example is wasting time on office squabbles. You’ll rise faster if you set objectives that resonate with your bosses—and achieve them. Even if you must share power or give up control, results count most.

Tip: If your turf overlaps with someone else’s, be willing to give ground in exchange for more valuable concessions, such as his help on your pet project.

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