Management Lessons from Movies, Chapter 6: Independence Day

“I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin’.” Russel Casse “It's a fine line between standing behind a principle and hiding behind one. You can tolerate a little compromise, if you're actually managing to get something accomplished.” President Thomas J. Whitmore Independence Day had a star studded cast and was a huge hit in 1996. Everyone knows the plot. Alien ships suddenly appear in the sky and their intentions are not immediately clear. A hidden signal is discovered, the al

Management Lessons from Movies, Chapter 4: Prometheus

“Big things have small beginnings.” David “A king has his reign, and then he dies. It's inevitable.” Meredith Vickers The 2012 movie Prometheus was part of the Alien franchise and addressed the origins of the original alien and and even attempted to answer the question of where life on earth originated! The movie starts millions of years ago with a spaceship dropping off an advanced humanoid creature on a primordial planet. He consumes a dark liquid and his body begins to di

Management Lessons from Movies, Chapter 2: Mule

“I never lie to any man because I don’t fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid” John Gotti “Nothing personal, it’s just business” Otto Berman John Gotti and Otto Berman were famous gangsters, and I thought their quotes were appropriate because of the topic of this post. We are discussing the management lessons of the Clint Eastwood movie “Mule”. Clint plays Earl Stone, an aging Korean War Veteran who is in his 80’s, broke and facing the foreclosure of his