Five Business Lessons From Five Great Movies

By Dennis McCafferty
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    'Mission: Impossible II' Moment

    'Mission: Impossible II' Moment

    Ethan Hunt says an assignment could be difficult. His boss responds: "Mr. Hunt, this isn't mission difficult. It's mission impossible. 'Difficult' should be a walk in the park for you."

Sometimes, when you're stuck in a work rut and need some inspiration, you might want to head to a movie theater. But if you don't have the time now, you can spend a few minutes reviewing this slideshow, which features author Patrick Stroh's five great film moments, along with his accompanying work, business and leadership takeaways. The movies illustrate best practices in project planning, crisis management, customer service and other key success drivers. While the cited movies are very entertaining, they also include serious lessons that provide guidelines on how to lead your organization to new levels of excellence. "The process of creating a strategy has gotten a bad reputation over the past years," Stroh says. "Successful business strategy is inextricably linked and should operate simultaneously with leadership for the best results." So pass the popcorn and enjoy these kernels (sorry!) of wisdom. They were adapted from Stroh's recent book, Business Strategy: Plan, Execute, Win! (Wiley/available in April). Stroh is a principal at Mercury Business Advisors, which provides business management advisory services to support strategies, operational execution, innovation and product development.

This article was originally published on 2014-04-23
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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