Remember that sweet, adorable poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? It warms my heart just thinking about it — a simple manifesto on living a best life.

Decidedly less sweet and heartwarming, but seemingly just as simple is author Tony Serri’s manifesto — his new book, “It's Not Personal. It's Strictly Business: The Godfather Way of Surviving, Conniving and Thriving in Corporate America.”

According to Serri, the members of the Corleone family, featured in the famed “Godfather” movie series, arguably were the most successful businessmen in history and benefits pros would be better off tapping their inner Corleone rather than their inner kindergartner to not only conquer the corporate world but also achieve a sound work-life balance.

"These days, it's tougher than ever to keep your job and your sanity," Serri says. "Take away all the assassinations and gang-wars, and the Godfather was a tough, successful business leader who had a nice work-life balance. Why not learn from him?" Vito Corleone succeeded, according to Serri, by being "a killer at work and a teddy bear at home. That's the mindset you need to have."

Serri encourages readers to watch and re-watch “The Godfather” to better manage their professional careers.

Um … okay.

I know it’s rough out there, battling for the upper hand against ERISA, FMLA, HIPAA, COBRA, PPACA and on and on. But I’m not sure taking up an AK — even metaphorically speaking — is the answer.

What do you think? When it comes to your career, would you rather follow Corleone rules, kindergarten rules or both? Hit the comments. 

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