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Transcript of THE GODFATHER
The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding with his wife Wendy. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.
Why did we select a film full of mobsters, killing, dastardly plots and back-stabbing for a project on entrepreneurship ?
Metin Guvener, chief executive of Triangle Group, a London-based investment, development and asset management group involved in major property and hospitality projects in Europe, said :
“Look at The Godfather 1,2 and 3 and you will understand,” he says.
“Take away the killings and the mafia. It’s about family, passion, community, leadership, power struggles, someone demanding things from you, friendship, trust and building things from nothing.
“It’s about respect. Every CEO wants respect. Every CEO wants to be decisive.
“When I watched it with my 16-year-old son, we watched the way that the second film asks how it all started and then goes back and reflects.
“When The Godfather was reflecting, we ended up reflecting. It took me back to a story about my grandfather 100 years ago
“So people connect to it but it’s not the mafia aspect. It’s about every aspect of a person’s life. That’s why it was so successful.”
POP QUIZ !
Q. Your competitor is winning the battle of perceptions. You’re losing mindshare. What do you do?
Buy more advertising time?
Sponsor a big event?
Hold a news conference?
Hire a celebrity spokesperson?
What if your budget is anemic…then what?
Regardless of the scale of your marketing, the important thing is to take a stand, and then take action !!
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Don Vito to Johnny Fontane, referring to Jack Woltz (I) and Michael to Fredo, referring to Moe Green (GF I) - the most famous of all lines
Rule 6: Make It Compelling
Vito means "life" and "Corleone" means lionhearted.
He is wise and intelligent, an excellent reader of others’ intentions, and a smooth, subtle talker, able to convince with words, not only bullets.
Vito is also a warm, loving father and husband, and the paradox of his character is that it is precisely the warmth of his humanity that makes him appear superhuman.
Michael is cold-blooded, ruthless, smart, and determined.
His ability to think clearly under fire, to be decisive, and to command respect makes him an excellent Godfather.
Michael can also be seen as a classical tragic figure. Immensely talented and powerful, he is undone by tragic flaws: his insatiable desire for vengeance, which creates a web of violence and recrimination that he cannot escape
Of the many Corleone women, Kay is the only one who never accepts the Mafia way of life.
in The Godfather, she does not consent to it, but neither does she strenuously object. Instead, she ignores the truth, using her love for Michael as an excuse to avoid seeing the truth that stares her in the face
He is the informally adopted son of Don Vito Corleone, a qualified lawyer and the consigliere to the Corleone Mafia family.
In the Godfather trilogy, men separate themselves and their violence from the innocent world of women, but Tom occupies a middle ground.
Mild-mannered and soft-spoken, he serves as the voice of reason within the family.
All heart, no brains, he is rash, impulsive, and sometimes just plain stupid. Too often, he acts before thinking
A man of strong appetites and passions, he cheats on his wife and is barely able to restrain himself from beating his brother-in-law to death when he learns that his sister has been abused
1. Build a powerful community.
Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. ~Vito Corleone
“By granting these favors and helping people with their problems, Vito Corleone is building a network of influence--relationships that may or may not deliver a specific or quantifiable return, but all which serve to strengthen his power base and which have the potential to be reciprocal in the long run.”
2. Hold people accountable.
What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft. ~Vito Corleone
The Godfather reminds us of the importance of being tough when necessary. “As soon as Vito Corleone allowed a few moments of weakness to be seen by his enemy, they attempted to assassinate him. And it was largely because of failures of his team,”
3. Don’t get emotional.
It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business. ~Michael Corleone
“Many people don’t like to talk about the fact that in business, there are winners and losers. When Sonny Corleone reacts impulsively and emotionally, he gets taken out. In business, if you don’t take the opportunity to out-sell, out-bid, or out-market your competitor, they’ll take you out. I’m not suggesting doing anything outside the boundaries of morality or rightness--simply pointing out that when people make emotional decisions, they start making bad decisions. To lead successfully, you have to take your emotion and ego out of the equation.”
4. Be decisive.
Most people who appreciate The Godfather, watch the movie with a combination of shock and respect. “Shock because he is so ruthless that he kills his own family member, but respect for the fact that Don Corleone knows exactly what he wants, executes decisively, and commands respect through unwavering leadership.”
5. Spend time with your family.
Do you spend time with your family? Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. ~Vito Corleone
A leader can’t be successful in creative problem-solving and making excellent decisions unless that person is connected to people and passions outside of work. I find that it’s often time with family and friends that gives me the perspective I need to build the relationships and make the decisive actions required for continued success in business,”
7: Seize the Moment
“He’s thinking of going to the mattresses.” -- Clemenza to Paulie and Rocco, referring to Sonny’s plan for an all-out war requiring his “button men” to sleep in makeshift warehouses and safe houses (GF I)
The Family Tree
THE GOOD godfather
Many people will probably look at The Godfather and wonder what positivity can you really pull from a film saga that contains many negative elements?
1) Respect is Earned not Given. No matter how important you think you are, it means absolutely nothing if other people do not hold the same opinion.
2) You Have to be Diligent & Persistent. The Corleone crime empire did not appear overnight. The empire was built through years of strategic planning and precise execution. As an entrepreneur you have to connect a lot of random dots and ensure that these connections work in your favor in the long-term rather than the short-term.
3) Loyalty is Everything. Without loyalty and trust you will not gain the respect and support of people. When people around you suspect you are disloyal, they begin to plot your demise or pull away from you and limit their interaction with you.
THE BAD godfather
“It’s Only Business” Cannot Always be the Excuse.
In The Godfather, “It’s only business” was always the #1 excuse for having someone killed off. If that is the case business has no boundaries to operate within then
Trying to make a profit should not come at the risk of causing harm to the relationship established with your customers.