The Mafia Analogy
Everyone inside and outside of the Mafia knows you don’t whack a “Made Man” without the Boss’s approval, and in many cases, all of the Bosses’ approvals. Those who do so without the proper approvals run the risk of getting whacked themselves.
If you are going to ask, inevitably the Boss wants to know why. Most often it is a “personal” reason, but gets disguised as “business.” As Tony Soprano would always say, “whacking someone isn’t personal, its business.”
Of course asking permission has the risk of leading you to the Promised Land before the Made Man. Perhaps the Boss is looking for a way to whack you and you just gave it to him. Or someone tips off the Made Man and he beats you to it. Or the Bosses decide to have a “sit down” to work it out between you and the Made Man, thus effectively increasing the distrust, and the likelihood that someone is getting whacked, generally the guy who isn’t Made: you.
Okay, you don’t work for Tony Soprano, but you do have an employee who is “Made.” If he is a relative of the Boss, or the hierarchy above, you shouldn’t be asking the question: “Can I whack, I mean fire, your nephew.” If he is sleeping with the Boss, you shouldn’t be asking the question.
Other than the relative and affair angles, you probably have no clue as to why the guy is Made in the first place.
And that is why it is so hard to get rid of him: you simply don’t know why he is Made. You can assume he has pictures or firsthand knowledge of the Boss in a compromising situation; it seems like most people make this assumption. But the reality is probably less sordid, and more likely a case of either: the Boss and Made Man being friends, or the Boss feels a sense of loyalty to the employee for his lengthy service to the organization.
Now that we have laid the groundwork, the question you must answer first is “why” you want to fire the employee. If it isn’t a really good reason, with a strong case supported by documentation, or witnesses (willing to help in the whacking) and clear evidence that the company will benefit, you are wasting your time even thinking about it. This is a major point:
If you make this personal, you won’t get it done and you will be the one walking out.
Okay, it is personal. But you can’t let the Boss or the organization know that. It has to be about “Business.”
So in short the answer is “yes.” You “can” fire the Made Man.
- “Why” you want to fire the Made Man
- “When” to make your move
- “How” to eliminate the Made Man
- Part 1: If the Boss says “yes”
- Part 2: If the Boss says “no”
Author and founder David Crays served as a Chief Financial Officer for Omni Energy Services, a company he took public on NASDAQ. Upon retiring from financial roles, he began a very successful career as an Executive Recruiter focusing on finance & accounting. He also placed high level executives in legal, IT and manufacturing companies. HIs clients included Lennar Homes, hp, Enron, Ernst&Young, Burger King, Dynegy and the largest law firms in the US. He placed candidates in jobs ranging from $40,000 to $500,000.
David has consulted with CEO’s, CFO’s, CIO’s at many of the largest companies in the world to help them better their career.
In order to help people with their career, David wrote a book in 2009, “From the Classroom to the Boardroom: How I got there (and how you can too!)” about the steps required to succeed in any career in today’s challenging job environment. He exclusively sells the book at Amazon.com/kindle. He chose this method because Amazon has the largest online business allowing him to reach as many readers as possible and allows him to price it at a price affordable by students and the unemployed.