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The Mafia Manager : A Guide to the Corporate Machiavelli Paperback – May 15, 1997
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Expanded from Playboy magazine's "Axioms of the Mafia Manager"
The world's oldest and best-organized conglomerate now reveals management techniques everyone can use. Unlike other guides to business, The Mafia Manager shuns theoretical verbiage to present the philosophy of leadership that founded and captained "The Silent Empire" through centuries of expansion and success. 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."
“Whoever V. is, he offers the sort of advice it is dangerous to refuse.” ―Playboy
“A grimly brutally humorous book at the business world. Consider it a merger, or hostile takeover, so to speak, of How to Get Ahead in Business Without Really Trying by The Godfather.” ―The Washington Post
About the Author
V., a capo of distinguished fame, keeps several residences around the world. His present location is a guarded secret.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; St Martin's Griffin Ed edition (May 15, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312155743
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312155742
- Item Weight : 3.99 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.32 x 0.39 x 7.86 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #563,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the book arrived I immediately began reading it. I finished in about 3 hours and then began reading it again. This book is a must have for anyone who wishes to succeed at anything. This is one of those few must reads along side of "The Prince", "The Art of War" and "The Five Rings".
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People aren't stupid and they see manipulation and selfish pursuit, so perhaps when you may need them in tough times they'll remember your mantra and may not be there for you. To be ruthless towards competitors is a must in this blood sport we call business but be careful applying the same tactics internally. As a point of balance consider the other great philosopher Aristotle when he says "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
I found the book an interesting read with short snappy chapters based around various topics. I don't believe you're going to find anything unique here and I suppose it's a choice if you choose to be the person described as Machiavelli.
the raw honesty in which the autor describes Business is refreshing. An eye opener to human nature, it dimistifies power in a pragmatic way by using examples and trowing thoughts at you for you to reflect on. I'd say the book diserves it's Impeccable almost mythical reputation and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxed introduction the 'art of business'.