Monday, 3 November 2008

Interesting Links (November 2008)

Leadership: 109 Movies that Inspire

From the Totally Consumed blog here is a great post on the leadership themes that are well illustrated by classic movies.

These include:

  • Apollo 13 (1999) Problem-solve & team work.
  • Braveheart (1996) Cultivate your vision and others will follow
  • Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) With responsibility, comes accountability
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) Words are powerful, use them wisely
  • Ground Hog Day (1993) Do it right the first time.
  • Lord of the Flies (1990) Never underestimate what people are capable of.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) It’s about who we are, not what we own.
for the other 102 see the original post !


Richard Branson on Success

When we place too high a value on achievement and fulfillment, we often overlook the important parts of life like character, relationships and service. Richard Branson made a profound statement on success in his book, Business Stripped Bare. The last sentence may take a few reads for its implications to soak in.
Successful people aren’t in possession of secrets known only to themselves. Don’t obsess over people who appear to you to be “winners”, but listen instead to the wisdom of people who’ve led enriching lives—people, for instance, who’ve found time for friends and family. Be generous in your interpretation of what success looks like. The best and most meaningful lives don’t always end happily.

Making learning 'stick' - the role of the manager

Chris Morgan on his blog provides a clear and concise article on the role of the manager in making learning stick.

A good manager will be regularly monitoring progress. A great manager will have agreed specific tasks and/or assignments that will force the employee to apply the new behaviours.