I once met with an NGO in NYC that worked with ex gang members and had a very enlightening conversation with them (all ex gang members). Their backgrounds and competencies are not all that different from corporate america. As the article suggests, it’s not to far of a stretch to take someone who is selling drugs and turn them into a great sales person. Go higher up the gang leadership and you start finding individuals who manage multiple “businesses”. Think about the distibution chain? Many of the competencies are there, what good leadership can do is restructure the value system of the gang member to apply the same skills as productive members of society.