LinkedIn Mafia 12 New Business Connection Tips For 2015

December 16, 2014 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

In the Godfather Mafia movie Don Corleone ran a successful business empire founded upon leveringLinkedin Mafia his huge global business connections. These days given the explosive growth of online business opportunities many business owners would be wise to replicate his phenomenal business model.

And guess what?

You don’t have to physically visit Sicily or Naples to build your connection base, because Linkedin makes it so easy by providing every member with the opportunity to tap into their 332 million global business members.

Lots of business intelligence can be gleaned from the Godfather, especially if you are looking to grow your business from commercialising your Linkedin business connection network.

 1: Keep your friends close and your enemies’ closer –The Godfather, Don Corleone.

In professional business networking, your friends are your business connections that will help your business grow, but your enemies are your competitors, wanting to find out more information about your business and the strategies used. Using Linkedin this part of business is made simple, you can keep your connections close and your competitors closer; always able to see what they are doing and when they are doing it, if you so choose.

2: Just when I thought I was out, they keep dragging me back in again –The Godfather Michael Corleone.

Every time you think that you have exhausted all your possible business connections, conducted the initial meeting, discussed business prospects and plans; believing its time you gave up and moved on to news pastures, a new business pulls you back in once again. New businesses and connections are forming every day, it is a never ending, constantly evolving part of contemporary business life.

3: The promise is, the deal will be so good we can’t refuse –Sonny Corleone.

As a proactive Linkedin business networker it is likely that you will be inundated with e-mails offering all kinds of fantastic business deals that are suggested as being so good you cannot refuse it/them. However, most scams are based on the premise of greed, and sold on the basis it is an offer you just cannot refused.

In reality if it looks too good to be true, then it normally is; think about what is best for your business.

4: Without your father’s political contacts and personal influence, the Corleone business loses half its strength –Tom Hagan Consigliere to The Godfather

New business connections fuel contemporary business growth and without connecting to a range of high powered business people your business will fail to gain maximum leverage. You should connect with as many POWER networkers as possible. You will find over seven thousand of the most valuable global POWER networkers in the Linkedin Black Belt POWER Networkers group.  (Add a hyperlink here)

5: My business methods are as safe as these things can be, about 5% loss. The risk is nothing, the profits enormous. –Sollozzo Turkish gangster, arch enemy of the Godfather

If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, then there is a very high probability it’s a duck. As your Linkedin business contacts grow, you are going to be contacted by many unscrupulous spammers offering you ridiculous offers, earnings and all manner of outrageous business schemes.

Use some common sense and make the right business decisions; because all that glitters is not gold.

6: I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse –The Godfather Don Corleone.

If you are going to stick your neck out and offer your connections business offers that they can’t refuse, then make sure it is a genuine offer. Your business contacts will desert you in their droves if they find unfaithful and untruthful offers being proposed to them.

Furthermore your business credibility and your professional reputation will be shot to pieces in a Sicilian heart-beat.

7: The Godfather never askes a second favour when he has been refused the first-understood? –Tom Hagan Consigliere to the Godfather

Everyone on Linkedin is looking for business connections but the sad but true fact is that most inexperienced business networkers take far more than they give out to their business connections.

This is the single factor that prevents high volumes of people connecting with these business networkers on Linkedin. Occasionally it is best to find these business networkers sooner rather than later; it is good to ask a business favour of one of your connections. If they refuse, flag then as a ‘negative’ contact so you know to never ask them for another favour.

8: I need a friend who has people in high places –Sollozzo Turkish gangster arch enemy of the Godfather.

Connections are important for every business networking development plan, but getting the right level of connections can be extremely beneficial. Procuring and retaining a new high powered business connection will open many new avenues for business networking development.

9: Never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking –The Godfather Don Corleone.

Every professional power networker works to their own carefully crafted business networking growth plan. These plans contain ideas, tactics, goals and key performance indicators. Many Power Networkers belong to elite niche groups or families. Many of these powerful networkers

10: It will cost –Tom Hagan Consigliore to the Godfather.

All forms of business cost you something and it is no different for professional business networking. To be successful in your business networking you need to give your time, effort, energy and even sometimes finance. These are the foundation blocks of your investment.

11: Blood is a big expense –Sollozzo Turkish Gangster arch enemy of the Godfather

Ever heard the phrase, ‘sweating blood?’ If you have aspirations of building your professional LinkedIn network to between 25,000 to the Linkedin maximum of 30,000, then be prepared to sweat buckets of blood on a daily basis.

12: We’ve known each other for years, but this is the first time you come to me for help –The Godfather Don Corleone.

Never be afraid to ask for help and guidance. Most professional business networkers fail to fully leverage their business contacts. The real reason a power networker operates is to help others 90% of the time with a 10% expectation of a return.

Mafia references aside. I utilised elements of these phrases to help me grow my LinkedIn network to the Linkedin maximum allowance of 30,000 first level connections in over 190 countries. Why? Because more business connections = more business opportunities, and the greatest secret known only to the top 30,000 Linkedin connected power networkers is,’ that these opportunities multiple when seized on Linkedin.’

And this allows me to leverage lots of business opportunities for my business and the businesses run by my business clients.

Why the Mafia reference in this short article? Type Mafia into the LinkedIn Advanced Search option and see who LinkedIn’s number 1 returned Mafia search result is.

Dr. Mark D. Yates

Dr. Mark D. Yates is a global #1 LinkedIn consultancy business growth specialist, LinkedIn speaker, LinkedIn Sign & LinkedIn training instructor & CEO of Link Business Marketing Ltd. If you need to hire a LinkedIn expert to help you gain profitable business growth, contact him. Tel: UK 0203 390 2013 Email:, connect with him on LinkedIn & Twitter You can view & download his dynamic independent LinkedIn training program at:

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