Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman

Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman

by Louis Ferrante


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591843986
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. After his release, he wrote a memoir of life in the Mafia that won enthusiastic reviews. Ferrante now lectures around the country to at-risk teens and other groups. Visit

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“Ferrante shares cogent advice for employees, middle managers, and bosses. A colorful and surprisingly practical business primer.”
Publishers Weekly

“One of the wisest and wittiest collections of reflections on life and business ever penned by a wiseguy.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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