Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman
Mob Rules is an INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, translated into 15 languages.
"Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, Mob lore, and personal experience to deliver an engrossing effort that reads like a rousing memoir, meditation on world history, and Mafia exposé all in one." --Kirkus Reviews
Former mobster turned writer Louis Ferrante reveals the surprisingly effective management techniques of organized crime and explains how to apply them in any legitimate business. Ferrante ran his own crew within the Gambino Crime Family, and masterminded some of the biggest heists in U.S. history. His talent for management was the key to his success on the streets. Now he offers time-tested Mafia wisdom based on true stories. As a testament to the book's expert business adivce, Mob Rules was nominated for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards.
take stealing hot dogs. And his ketchup packets were labeled “Burger King.” Granted, Philly kept his overhead low, but he could have done it legit and still made a small fortune. Ridgewood was a hardworking blue-collar area and Philly had the savvy to see a racket in a dollar a dog for lunch-on-the-go. Flexibility and durability are hallmarks of LCN [La Cosa Nostra]. Given a window of opportunity, they will take full advantage of it. —Frederick Martens Most of the Mafia’s biggest successes
of wisdom needed to run Chicago’s underworld and overworld, including a crooked police force and a political machine. Capone had what it took. Years later, Al “Scarface” Capone rose to the top of the Mafia’s food chain. As don, he had power over life and death and could have ordered “fried eggs and Galluch” for breakfast. Capone not only spared Galluch’s life, he hired him as a personal bodyguard whenever he visited New York. As further testament to Capone’s character, Galluch trusted him enough
are ever at the end of their line, and, after each action, wait for an impulse from abroad. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Whether in the Mob or the real world, people without vision don’t believe they have the ability to accomplish big things; in essence, they don’t believe in themselves. However, if they believe in you because you’ve emerged as a leader, then you can instill in them a strong sense of confidence and motivate them by assuring them, “We can do this!” We presents them with an opportunity
powerful weapon in their arsenal. Whatever happened in the past is over. There is to be no more ill feeling among us. If you lost someone in this past war of ours, you must forgive and forget. —Salvatore Maranzano, following the Castellammarese War, as quoted by Joseph Valachi LESSON 34 When to Take a Bullet for the Boss MANY mobsters wholeheartedly believe in The Life, the chain of command, death before dishonor, and are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the organization.
wiseguy took me to my first sit-down. Although I had no authority to speak at the table, he asked my opinion afterward. Here I was, a cub among lions, and he wanted to know what I thought. For me, the confidence boost proved invaluable. What did he gain? The Mob’s earning pyramid ensured that he’d benefit from my confidence. Take your employees along to a big meeting. Ask their opinion afterward. Let them take the lead on a project. Trust them with more than they believe themselves capable of