Give Your Rivals Enough Rope To Hang Themselves: The One-Upmanship Strategy. Give your opponents the space to make mistakes, provide them with assignments they cannot complete and damage their reputation. Hide your involvement and maintain your innocent.
- The Art of One-Upmanship . Look for the internal rival, find their weak spot and needle it to make them anxious. Employ others to work the anxiety and make it bigger. Get the rival to over-react and step back and let them do the rest. When they are near the end of their destruction offer help, not to rub in the defeat, but help show your innocence.
- Historical Examples
- John McClernand volunteered as a Brigadier General in the American Civil War. He wanted fame and ascension to the presidency. He tried using his influence with President Abraham Lincoln to try to take over the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. General Grant, whose department Vicksburg fell under, caught wind of the plans and diverted troops head to McClernand for his own use. This and other actions infuriated McClernand, whom made numerous moves that alienated him from his allies.
- Académie Française was founded in 1635 to maintain the purity of the French language. In 1694 King Louis IV appointed the Bishop of Noyons to the counsel. Although qualified, he was arrogant and offensive. On inauguration day the abbé de Caumartin gave a subtly mocking speech that was seen as such by all but the Bishop. His eventual humiliation led to the Bishop leaving the Académie.
- Tsukahara Bokuden, renowned samurai, was challenged by an ambidextrous young samurai. Bokuden accepted the challenge, but focused challenger’s attention on the “unfair” use of his left arm. In the fight, Bokuden attacked his right. Later, in 1605, the swordsman Genzaemon was challenged by Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi showed up late and in non-standard attire, this angered Genzaemon positioning him to make many errant moves.
- Bob Dole of Kansas challenged George H. W. Bush for the 1988 Republican’s nomination for President. Lee Atwater, Bush’s strategist, knowing of Dole’s temper, spread rumors about his wife’s, Elizabeth Dole, qualifications as Secretary of Transportation. Doles anger came through in the media severely damaging him.
- Joan Crawford had a continual rivalry with Norma Shearer and Bette Davis. She contrived two methods for steeling their thunder. With Shearer she worked to annoy her on set and got her to expose her nasty demeanor. While with Davis, she stole the spotlight while accepting Anne Bancroft‘s Oscar for The Miracle Worker.