The Mafia Manager


The Mafia Manager 
Author V.
Title The Mafia Manager
Subtitle A Guide to the Corporate Machiavelli
Category Management
0312140096 / 978-0312140090  
Publisher St. Martin's Press; Revised edition
Country USA
Published 15-Jan-1996
No of Pages 106

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A leading figure from one of the world’s first and best organized conglomerates here reveals management techniques we can all use. Witty, fun, and surprisingly useful, this is a must for the aspiring corporate Machiavelli. Unlike other management guides, The Mafia Manager avoids theoretical verbiage and instead presents the pragmatism and guiding philosophy of the leadership that founded and captained ‘The Silent Empire’ through its centuries of expansion and success. And rather than being seen as the twisted workings of the so-called ‘criminal’ mind, these plans of action and gems of counsel are presented for what they indeed are - the reflection of a penetrating understanding of the dynamics of human nature. The Mafia Manager promises the most unique and practical guidebook on management ever. No reader will look at the workplace in quite the same way.

According to ‘V’, winning is not the best thing: it is the only thing allowed. In today’s society of consistent competition and consumption, working harder is just not enough. It is working smarter that will allow you to win.

Some sample pearls of wisdom:
- "Be sure you understand what your boss has ordered before you act on his command. What if you whack the wrong guy, or bomb the wrong joint...Learn the art of asking questions".
- "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer".
- "Don't become involved in any office political battle without first asking yourself, 'what’s in it for me?' and then 'What's in it for them?"
- "If you must lie, be brief".

Contributed by: Dora Siekkeri