Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman [NOOK Book]

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The average Mafia don knows more about effective leadership than a trunkful of Fortune 500 CEOs.

For all the mob's well-deserved reputation for violence and immorality, its most successful members have always been remarkably astute businessmen. Former mobster Louis Ferrante reveals their surprisingly effective management techniques and explains how to apply them in any ...
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Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman

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Overview

The average Mafia don knows more about effective leadership than a trunkful of Fortune 500 CEOs.

For all the mob's well-deserved reputation for violence and immorality, its most successful members have always been remarkably astute businessmen. Former mobster Louis Ferrante reveals their surprisingly effective management techniques and explains how to apply them in any legitimate business.

As an associate of the Gambino Family, Ferrante pulled off some of the biggest heists in U.S. history before the age of twenty-one, netting millions of dollars. His natural talent for management led bosses like John Gotti to rely on him. Now he offers time-tested Mafia wisdom, such as:

* Three can keep a secret (if two are dead): Build trust with your colleagues.
* You don't always need a gun to hit a target: Lead people without force.
* It's never personal: When circumstances demand it, never hesitate to pull the trigger.

Ferrante brings his real-life experience to the book, offering fascinating insights into Mafia behavior and sharing behind-the-scenes episodes almost as outrageous as those occurring on Wall Street every day.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sopranos fans, take heart: it turns out the mob is not only full of ethical heavyweights but an excellent example for business wisdom seekers. Ferrante (Unlocked) spent years in the Gambino crime family, finally choosing to go straight while in prison. He shares his wisdom with cubicle jockeys and nervous managers everywhere—and reveals that aboveboard businesses are far more nefarious than the organized-crime variety. Ferrante argues that no self-respecting loan shark would offer the terms of your average credit card company, and even the Mafia doesn't employ the tactics of a collection agency. Through stories of his own compatriots and famous mobsters, Ferrante shares cogent business advice for employees, middle managers, and bosses: make them an offer they can't refuse (offer to work on commission), harness the power of networking, make your own luck, motivate your people, never embarrass someone in public, reward loyalty. Though Ferrante paints a somewhat unbelievably sunny picture of organized crime, if readers can get past the gimmick, they'll find a colorful and surprisingly practical business primer. (June)
Kirkus Reviews

A veteran mobster who walked away from "The Life" with his head held high offers road-tested life lessons that served him well inside and outside La Cosa Nostra.

Some Mafia dons have their heads blown off. Others live long enough to expire peacefully in their own beds. In either event, Ferrante—who left prison behind eight years ago to become a well-respected author—insists that today's CEOs, middle managers and employees would do well to learn a thing or two from their counterparts in the underworld. Building his case in concise, economical prose, Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, mob lore and personal experience to deliver an engrossing sophomore effort that reads like a rousing memoir, meditation on world history and Mafia exposé all in one. Who would have thought that George Washington had so much in common with Lucky Luciano, the "Founding Father" of the American mob, or that there was something good to be said for "Scarface" Al Capone? In eschewing mob violence, Ferrante has nonetheless retained an appreciation for the way the mob operates as a successful business enterprise. When it works, Ferrante writes, it's a blueprint for the way businesses in the "legit" world ought to operate. And when it doesn't, it's a sobering cautionary tale for every over-reaching CEO, power-hungry middle manager and clueless employee.

Punctuated with the dark humor you'd expect from a graduate of the streets, a thoughtful treatise with implications far outside the boardroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101515341
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 609,546
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author


Louis Ferrante is a former Mafia associate and heist expert who served eight and a half years in prison after refusing to incriminate members of the Gambino family. He now lectures around the country to at-risk teens and other groups, and hosts a Discover Channel TV series called Inside the Gangsters’ Code.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Fasinating read

    This guy knows what he's talking about. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    An entertaining and instructive read, I heard Louis speak in per

    An entertaining and instructive read, I heard Louis speak in person at a YPO event and then read afterwards. You'll be surprised on how many "gems" are in the book. Keep the faith!

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Another must have by Ferrante

    This is the modern day "Prince" of financial and business tactics. A great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Entertaining & Educational All in One!!

    Ferrante draws upon stories from the Mob as well as historical references and his own personal experiences to compile 88 lessons that are designed to educate the businessperson reader. But what I found most interesting and useful was that many of these lessons can be applied to everyday life. It is clear that Ferrante not only paid his dues but worked hard to educate himself. He has a keen insight into the way the world works and often illustrates his points with clear, concise language and humorous stories.

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