荆轲刺秦王 – assassination of qin shih hwang

What interests me about the episode is not this episode, as it has been brought to the silver screen too many times. Even people who do not read 资治通鉴 would have heard this story.

However, do you know this?

When Jing Ke hid the dagger in the map to be presented to Qin Shih Hwang, and when he took out the dagger to kill the qin king, the whole court does not have a soldier that has a weapon to protect Qin Shih Hwang.

There was a noticeable struggle as Qin shih hwang was the only person with a sword, and there was not enough space for him to use it against Jing Ke.

The struggle was long and after Qin shih hwang unsheathe the sword and stab on Jing Ke’s legs, it was a long period of time and all his officials could do was to watch it.

The reason is Qin Shih Hwang imposed a rule – No swords around me.

He was fearful of betrayals, his own men may kill him.

which has an unintended side effect, nobody around him can protect him against a assassin like Jing Ke

Lesson for all of us, whenever you think of tightening the management system, think of all the unintended side effect.

The key is not to go into extremes.

Is it necessary for CEO’s expenses to be checked all the time?

Is it necessary to ensure all payments and collection is accounted for? Do you know what is the cost of confirming?

Is it necessary to have an airtight contract for every customer when that would increase the cost of operations?

All these are very logical, if you ask an accountant they would say yes, these are to be done.

But at what cost are we to carry out all these implementations?

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