Business lessons from The Godfather

May 10, 2013 | Comments (0) | | Category: Forward This Marketing with Video Quote of the Month

Business lessons from The Godfather:  Now, I can’t tell you why a 40-something mom of Anglo-Scandinavian origins is likely The Biggest Mafia Movie Fan ever, but I can’t get enough of them.  Maybe it’s nostalgia for my East Coast upbringing, where my best friends’ last names were Barone, Biagi and Giambalvo.  Or maybe I’m still mourning the too-soon ending of The Sopranos.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos

Or perhaps – more disturbingly –  I have a subconscious fantasy of telling a demanding client some indisputable truth like, “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”  (BTW, that was Don Corleone talking to Johnny Fontane, in case you HAVEN’T seen The Godfather trilogy 27 times.)

So..  I came across the article below, and my head exploded with all the great quotes that I would love to apply in everyday business settings.  EXCEPT THAT:

– Some of the quotes would probably frighten clients and co-workers.
“You can act like a man! [slap] What’s the matter with you?”  (Don Corleone)

– Most of these quotes don’t apply.
“Oh, Paulie? You won’t see him no more.”

– In fact they make no sense at all.
“It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

AND, it turns out.. the article is ACTUALLY about lessons we can learn from Mario Puzo, who WROTE The Godfather.

So enjoy the article.  Leave the gun.  And take the canoli.

For fun, see The Godfather movie clips:

The Godfather

The Godfather / Marlon Brando

Other quotes from The Godfather: 

“Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.”  – Don Corleone

“He’s still alive. They hit him with five shots and he’s still alive!” – Sollozzo

“Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father told him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.”  – Michael Corleone

“It’s not personal Sonny, It’s strictly business.”  – Michael Corleone

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”  – Don Vito Corleone



“There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. ” – Michael Corleone

“I’m going to take a nap. When I wake up, if the money is on the table, I’ll know I have a partner. If it isn’t, I’ll know I don’t.” – Hyman Roth

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