The Godfather was about a lot of things, but at its heart, it was the story of a family. Of course, to the Corleones, being a family was more than sharing a last name and watching TV together every night. It was who they were, how they made a living, and what they did to have their name synonymous with power, corruption, and loyalty. Should you need a reminder, here are eight quotes from The Godfather to prove why you should never take sides against the family.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Vito Corleone
Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) had a way of persuading people to come around to his side, not so much because he was an imposing figure — in his older years, he resembled his age and the mileage added to his body — but because of the reputation that followed him. If you really want to get your way in negotiations you’re going to need to think not just about your approach in the room, but if you inspire fear based on your power and your past actions. It’s about building a legacy of authority, not just being super persuasive in that moment.