I rarely get to sit still long enough to watch movies. But, for Christmas, we bought “The Family” DVD from Walmart. This movie features Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfieffer. It’s a really, really funny movie about a gangster who is in the witness protection program. If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend that you buy or rent it.
Robert De Niro plays the father and Michelle Pfieffer is his wife. Well, the father decides to write his memoirs and outlines 10 rules he lives by. If you following my blog articles, you know I love to cull business lessons out of movies. I have written two (2) blog articles about lessons we can learn from The Godfather trilogy. For fun, here are 10 business lessons we can learn from Robert De Niro’s character:
1. I don’t like to cause pain for no good reason because all of my sadistic urges are satisfied when I cause pain for a reason.
In business, there is no need or good reason to cause anybody pain (smile). For example, there is no need to chase down your competitors’ clients and customers by pointing out negative things about your competition. I have observed a lot of this ill will and bad behavior in the consulting arena. Most of the people that behaved that way toward me in response to my entering the arena are now out of business. Deliberately trying to hurt people in order to get work will rebound against you.
2. Anybody who doesn’t contradict me can expect nothing but good things from me.
This is actually a bad belief to embrace. The best lessons you can learn will likely be from wise mentors and coaches that contradict what you believe and what you practice. The good mentors and coaches will push you to think outside the box and to move outside your comfort zone.
3. When I ran the community, there was never a single robbery in the street. People lived and slept easily.
Casting the mob boss role aside, it is indeed very important to be a part of the community and to try to make your community a better place. Business owners can attend city council, county commission, and regional development meetings. We can become active in civic groups like Civic Leagues, Rotary or Kiwanis. We can also get active in church activities.
By Clovia Hamilton, President
Lemongrass Consulting, Inc.