A Learning of Titanic Proportions

 

RMS Titanic

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Just before midnight  on April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg which punched several holes in the hull. By 2:20 am on April 15th, the Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean. 1,517 people died that night. They weren’t killed by an iceberg; they died because of complacency, arrogance and disorganization. Read More

2012 Oscars: The Artist Succeeds Without Special Effects

 

The Artist

In a world where high-budget special effects rule, where teen superheroes throw cars around and a movie about plane crash survivors in Alaska can’t get by without a bunch of CG wolves, a return to the silent movies of the 1920’s is a refreshing change. Obviously, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, giving The Artist(1) Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Directing, along with Best Costume and Original Score.

It’s worth thinking about the impact of a silent film in a world that embraced the “talkies” (movies with sound) over eighty years ago. Viewers who were accustomed to the loud noises, fast motion and bright colors of current movies embraced the graceful black-and-white, wordless portrayal of a love story accompanied only by music. Sometimes old-school is just as good (or better) than the latest technology.

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Business Lessons From The Hunger Games

 

The HUnger Game Trilogy Poster
Courtesy of thehungergames.co.uk

If you’ve read The Hunger Games* you know that it’s a story about a young girl, Katniss Everdeen and her fellow competitor, Peeta Mellark. They’re forced to participate in a brutal competition with 22 other young citizens from different districts in their country, in which the winner is the last person alive.

One could draw the comparison between The Hunger Games and the dog-eat-dog world of small business, but there are other (less violent) lessons to be learned as well.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the book there are a few plot details revealed here. But nothing that will spoil it for you overall. Read the book. Or go see the movie. Really – it’s well worth your time. In the meantime, here are 4 business lessons that we learned from the book and upcoming movie.

Know your odds and develop a strategy to beat them

In The Hunger Games, Effie Trinket, the escort for the combatants, tells them, “May the odds be ever in your favor!” This is particularly ironic since the odds aren’t ever in their favor: only one person in twenty-four will finish the games alive.

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