I was listening to a radio show the other morning about a book called The 48 Laws of Power. On the show was a CEO of a major company and a reformed drug dealer that made over ½ billion in his time.
According to both of them many CEOs and Drug Dealers alike use these “48 Laws of Power” as a blueprint to building their empires. During the course of the discussion it was implied that inner city drug kingpins have CEO minds, and in many cases, are actually smarter than CEOs.
As absurd as that sounds the point was made that Drug Dealers have to do things that many CEOs have never done, and would not know how to do. For example, Dealers have to build an infrastructure from nothing, while top CEOs are often hired with an established organization already in place. And while CEOs of major corporations effortlessly attract good candidates based on the company’s corporate reputation, dealers have to recruit by creating a street reputation of fear and intimidation, while supplying a vision that will attract people that are, in most cases, tougher than the dealer himself. There were tons of comparisons that were thought provoking.
By no means do I condone drug dealing or illegal activity, but had these guys chosen a straighter path, could they have been effective CEOs in corporate America?
Here’s a link to the 48 Laws…