Ask any bloke if he's a fan of Ari Gold and the instinctive answer will be something along the lines of bloody oath, yes. Only after diving deep through the eight seasons of Entourage for this article did I realise the man is actually a solid prick, quite often way past the point where it's funny.
That being said, despite my resistance to love him, Ari Gold's, bold, rude and straight shooting tactics get the job done. There's something we can all learn from Tinseltown's hot shot agent to incorporate into our daily grind when it comes to business and negotiation.
Know your worth and don't be afraid to walk away.
Never tell someone what they think they want to hear before you know what they want to hear. If you make an offer, stick to it until you get a response, don't jump a silence with a backtrack. "Silence is fucking golden," the man himself once said.
Pay respect where respect is due.
In this case, do what Ari didn't in this interaction with Lloyd - recognise hard work and loyalty, paying it where it's due. If someone comes to you asking for a promotion, the ball is in their court. If they present their case with well-founded evidence, take it under genuine advisement. Don't blow them off or they might be out the door before you know it.
Sometimes the status quo needs a shakedown.
You'll never get away with this tactic outside of Hollywood, but it's a good reminder that sometimes even the best office environments need a reshuffle. We'd recommend taking Ari's approach and then toning it down by approximately 110% or you'll find yourself in court instead of at the head of a board table.
Be prepared to take advice from anyone, even your subordinates.
Everyone gets to where they are by experiencing the position they now work above. While you might think you have more experience - and you likely do - always be prepared to consider a fresh perspective towards a challenge. Sometimes your experience might actually be clouding your ability to take the necessary advice on board and succeed.
Do whatever it takes to close the deal.
Flatter the client, don't be afraid to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. Those who go the extra mile get the job done. It's really that simple.