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Leadership - The Hollywood Way

  1. 1. The Essence of Leadership Lessons from Hollywood Reana Rossouw Next Generation Consultants
  2. 2. Opening Credits What’s your favourite movie?
  3. 3. Movie Trivia • Famous Quotes – I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse – Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgement – Its not personal, its strictly business – Never ask me about my business – Each man has his own destiny – Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. – Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people. – Being kind to a fellow man is profitable, in every sense. Both personally and bottom line. – I'd burn in hell, to make sure that my children are safe. – I want no inquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance. I want you to arrange a meeting, with the heads of the Five Families. This war stops now.
  4. 4. Movie Trivia • I'm not hard to get along with. • I'll tell you one thing: Don't ever give anybody your best advice, because they're not going to follow it. • You can't handle the truth. • You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police. Everybody else you tell the truth to. • If one is born with talent, one can have a wonderful life.
  5. 5. Dead Poets Society • Robin Williams • Conformity stifles creativity • Don’t follow the leader • Find your passion and bring it to life • Make your life extraordinary • Creativity can be unleashed – we all have it • There is a time for daring and a time for caution. The wise leader knows the difference • Looking at life from different perspectives will allow you to see what others cannot • Carpe Diem – Seize the Day
  6. 6. Erin Brockovich • For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me. Please, don't ask me to give it up. • She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees. • NOT PERSONAL? That is my WORK, my SWEAT, and MY TIME AWAY FROM MY KIDS! IF THAT IS NOT PERSONAL, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!
  7. 7. Rocky • Sylvester Stallone • Be An Early Riser • Light It Up • Sell The Story, Not The Person • Plan For Succession • Know Your Merchandise? Sure. Know Your Customers? Always • Ignore Government Bureaucrats • Hire From The Gut • Hire Your Children
  8. 8. About Schmidt • When bad things happen to good people • Reaching out to others in time of crises • Explore life – its never too late • Find a pen pal
  9. 9. Pride and Prejudice • Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can't be without • Leadership is a choice • Don’t let pride and prejudice inform your leadership style
  10. 10. X-files • Mulder & Scully • “The truth is out there” • Its wrong to be right – Being right is based on knowledge and experience and is often provable. Knowledge comes from the past so its safe, it is also out of date. It is the opposite of originality. • Its right to be wrong – Anything is possible – When you are in unknown territory (feel like an alien) anything is possible • Don’t Assume • Don’t trust the authorities
  11. 11. Da Vinci Code • Hidden messages • Cracking the code • Finding the clues • Seek the truth • So dark the con of man • Sometimes not everything is as it seems
  12. 12. Mission Impossible • Tom Cruise & Laurence Fishborne • Against all odds – Aim beyond what you are capable of, develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end – Do the things that you are incapable of • Nothing is impossible • Knowing how and when to trust, and avoiding your prejudices, can do that sometimes. Sometimes the guy your prejudices tell you not to trust is exactly the guy you should trust.
  13. 13. The good, bad & ugly • Clint Eastwood – the story of three men seeking a fortune in buried coins, no-one knows where its buried • Sometimes you just need a good director • Getting help – A coach / a mentor • A cowboy never cries
  14. 14. Briget Jones’s Diary • A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do • Always wear clean underwear • Always shave • Always be ready for an adventure
  15. 15. Starsky & Hutch • Remake of 70’s TV Show • Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson, Vince Vaugh, Snoop Dog • “You can loose your keys, you can loose your wallet, but how can you loose a plane?” • Undercover cops • Having fun is an important ingredient when you are a leader
  16. 16. Something's gotta give • Jack Nicholson & Dianne Keaton – Scared of commitment? – Always looking for greener grass? – Admitting mistakes is tough? • Choices one’s got to make • It’s a lonely life – being a leader
  17. 17. Sixth Sense • Haley Joel Osmond & Bruce Willis • “I see dead people” • Who’s the dead guy? • When something is just not right • Trust your instincts
  18. 18. Forrest Gump • Tom Hanks • “Life is like a box of chocolates” • “Stupid is as stupid does” • Non political and non judgmental • The worlds most influential people sometimes come from people with an IQ of 75 • Tenacity makes us hero’s • In the end it is a good heart and pure intention that takes you further than just brains ever could
  19. 19. Indecent Proposal • Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson – What's your price – What are you prepared to do to get ahead • “I thought we were invincible. But now I know that the things that people in love do to each other, they remember. And if they stay together, it's not because they forget. It's because they forgive. “
  20. 20. The Matrix • Lawrence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves • Anything is possible • Where is your matrix – energy source • What is your matrix – other humans • Do you life in real life or in virtual reality or science fiction • Is your life characterised by big scary unrealistic moves or a natural flow of progression
  21. 21. Mr & Mrs Smith • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie • What is your true identity and what are you hiding • Don’t marry the enemy
  22. 22. The Godfather • Marlon Brando and Al Pacino • I, I, III – next version • Making someone an offer they cannot refuse • The rules of the game • Who controls the game • What is the price for control • Winner takes all
  23. 23. Shall we dance • Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon • What's your dream? • Stepping out of the ordinary • Its never too late • Its also about balance • We all have to live a little (actually a lot)
  24. 24. Silence of the lambs • Jodie Forster & Anthony Hopkins • “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” • What's your secrets • Who are you having for dinner • Who is having you for dinner • Do you have the nerves for being a leader
  25. 25. A few good men • Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Jack Nicholson • Code Red – Whistle blowing or following orders? • “Conduct unbecoming an officer?” (leader) • Bribery & Corruption • Don’t seek praise, seek criticism
  26. 26. Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood • Friendship in times of need • Friends remind you about the real stuff in life • Friendship brings perspective • We all have stories to tell and share • You also have a responsibility • The rites of passage requires that each leader must teach another leader • Coaching and Mentoring
  27. 27. First Wives Club • Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton • Don’t get mad – get even – get everything • Revenge • Don’t give a speech, put on a show
  28. 28. Brokeback Mountain • Life is tough • Life is complex • Life is about decisions • Life is about choices • Controversial • Courage • Not making a decision is also a decision
  29. 29. Titanic • Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet • The Iceberg underneath • Question of survival, never say never • Always lean towards caution and cater for every eventuality • Don’t cut corners • No matter how brilliant your plans are – if you don’t pay attention to what's around you, you may end up with that sinking feeling
  30. 30. Schindlers List • A leader goes for the root cause of a problem, not the symptoms • A leader does what he believes in his heart is right, even if he is unpopular because of it
  31. 31. Break
  32. 32. What Women Want • Leadership styles of men and women – are they different? • What keeps women leaders from reaching the top? • What will you do to win • Do you know what you want?
  33. 33. Hotel Rwanda • The quiet heroism of one leader • One imperfect individual who uses his social position, interpersonal skills, and quick wit to rescue thousands of lives from a holocaust.
  34. 34. Shawshank Redemption • Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies • Morals • Hope • Inspiration
  35. 35. Saving Private Ryan • Leaving friends behind • Doing what leaders are suppose to do • Last man standing • Repaying your debts • Honoring those that taught you • Face your fears, face respect, face purpose
  36. 36. Men in Black • “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it. “ • “1500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat and 15 minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll "know" tomorrow. “ • Leaders know when to zap out bad experiences • Fight to life another day
  37. 37. The Devil wears Prada • Human resources certainly has an odd sense of humor. • A million girls would kill for this job. • Do you have a prior commitment? Some hideous skirt convention you have to go to? • See, I'm on this new diet where I don't eat for a week and when I think I'm going to faint, I eat a cube of cheese. I figure I'm one stomach flu away from my goal weight. • I love my job, I love my job. • It's not fair! I mean, you eat carbs for Christ's sake! • You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choos!
  38. 38. Lord of the Rings • A leader does not know everything – it is their ability to listen and learn that makes them leaders • It is the wisdom of others that allows leaders to accomplish great tasks
  39. 39. My Left Foot • Leader Emergence: When a group has no leader, someone will eventually assume a leadership role. Even the most unlikely can become a leader • Servant Leadership: Focus on serving others rather than oneself
  40. 40. The Note Book • I am no one special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. • There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough. • Learn to journal, plot your progress, keep on learning
  41. 41. Braveheart • Managing change is one of the greatest expectations of leaders • All 5 Change Management principles (motivating change, creating vision, developing political support, managing transition and sustaining momentum) is portrayed in this movie. • The desired change achieved was freedom • Every man dies, not every man really lives
  42. 42. 13 going on 30 • Freaky Friday • Careful what you wish for
  43. 43. Under the Tuscan Sun • Life offers you a thousand chances – all you have to do is take one • Leaders cannot afford to be risk adverse • Leaders must learn to overcome their fears • Leaders are brave
  44. 44. Apollo 13 • Think creatively • Keep your head • Manage communication • Failure – is not an option • Houston – we have a problem
  45. 45. Pay it forward • Random acts of kindness • Do something for someone they cannot do on their own • Sometimes The Simplest Idea Can Make The Biggest Difference. • When someone does you a big favor, don't pay it back... Pay It Forward • Some favours you are not allowed to pay back • Is it possible for one idea to change the world?
  46. 46. Gone with the wind • Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh • “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” • Attitude
  47. 47. Star Wars • The film that became pop culture – 5 follow up epics • Highly acclaimed commercial success – books, comics, merchandise, games, trading cards • Creating the Star Wars generation – 1977 - 2007 • “A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away…” • “May the force be with you” • Leaving a legacy
  48. 48. Harry Potter • When you are on to a 90 good thing…….. 80 70 • Duplicate, Replicate 60 • Serialise 50 East 40 West 30 North 20 10 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Qtr Qtr Qtr Qtr
  49. 49. Brother Bear • Back to basics • Revisit the basics often • Stick to your core business • What I learnt from my mom….
  50. 50. Shark Tale • Don’t lie • Be yourself • Don’t get caught • Be truthful
  51. 51. Ice Age • Don’t covet your ideas. Give away everything you know and more will come back to you. • The problem with hoarding is that you end up living off reserves. Eventually you become stale • When you give away, it forces you to look, to replenish. • Ideas are open knowledge, don’t claim ownership
  52. 52. Finding Nemo • All the experience and information you gain during your life serves to help you grow and become who you are • No one can take it away from you • Grow with the experience
  53. 53. Monsters Inc. • If you get stuck…. – Draw with a different pen
  54. 54. Shrek • Beauty is not everything • Even though you do not have everything – skills, money, resources, if you persevere you win • Make a plan
  55. 55. Life is not a fairy tale • Life is not a fairy tale • You made your bed, now lie in it • Give credit where credit is due • It ain't about the bling • Don’t loose your audience • Image is everything • A great movie still needs to sell tickets • Use critics well
  56. 56. Worksheet • If you were a movie star – who would you be • If your life was a movie – what genre would it reflect – drama, horror, science fiction, comedy, romance • If you had to re-write the script of your life – what would you change • What do you need to do to become a blockbuster
  57. 57. The End Free stuff For Leaders: www.nextgeneration.co.za.