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HR Lessons: What we can learn from The Mafia

September 25, 2014



When searching for leadership and management tips, it may seem counter intuitive to look at organized crime for inspiration. But, if we look past the immoral, high-risk crime the mafia is known for, there are a few fundamental things we can learn.

The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Sopranos all have underlying characteristics that help strengthen their organization – unconditional loyalty, respect and accountability to name a few.

Who wouldn’t want those traits to be the foundation of their HR team and organization?

This week we sat down with the folks over at Fistful of Talent to identify some of the greatest elements at the core of the mafia’s organization that can be used in more legitimate business ventures.

Take a 20 minute break from your day and listen as Cara Lucas, Paul Hebert, and Dawn Hrdlica-Burke identify what makes a tight-knit organization like the mob function and elements that you can take back to your workplace.

(Note: We do NOT recommend redefining employee ‘termination’.)

Have anything to add? Leave a comment below or tweet us using the hashtag #HRHangout!

Also – don’t forget to tune into next week’s #HRHangout – The Great FOT Turnover Predictor on Wednesday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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