Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Lessons Learned

In Friendship, Interpersonal Skills by Interconnected Lives

From Richard III to Regina George – keep your friends close and your enemies closer in business and friendship, and what you can learn to make sure you keep your circle of friends intact while triumphing over your rivals.

We’ve all heard the phrase keep your friends close and your enemies closer and with good reason.  After all, who hasn’t had the unpleasant experience of being backstabbed by a ‘friend?’  ‘Et tu, Brute?’ indeed.

Granted, none of the bickering or backstabbing amongst you and your friends and foes is likely to have gotten quite as out of hand as what Julius Caesar experienced both in real life and Shakespeare’s play, but still, the old aforementioned adage has been a valuable one down through the ages in literature, and remains pertinent today.

Here are 6 of the best-known examples of ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ in business and friendship principle at work