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Lessons movies can teach CEOs

A well-conceptualized movie has the power to awaken people and implement the lesson so leant, in the real life scenarios. Good stories are surely the best of preachers. Business situations can also be dealt with keeping in mind the learning from a particular movie. CEOs can learn productive leadership skills from few movies that are produced on a story line of business problems and models.

Following are the movies that can help real life CEOs business situations:

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

This is a story of a character named Chris Gardner, a homeless salesperson of San Francisco. Will Smith who played Gardner has done justice to the character, truly highlighting that life will not be perfect and it is only determination that will lead you in the world of business.

The movie’s central idea is to show that real education is beyond any classroom teaching that starts only when events take a turn in a direction not planned as such. CEOs can learn the art of staying deterministic from this movie. The point where you actually feel like quitting is usually the point where miracles happen.

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

This movie is the story about architect Howard Roark, who chooses to struggle instead of compromising on his true artistic instincts and vision. This movie clearly shows the scenarios that exist in capitalism and how it affects the individualistic approach. The most important lesson that this movie teaches is of staying true to oneself, that being the only thing that matters irrespective of what others have to say of you.

Most often, company CEOs are criticized for not adopting time tested measures. But, today’s businesses demand change and creativity for which the CEOs have to be under a scanner always. This movie shows that it is great if one sticks to his beliefs. Only when you believe in yourself, will others believe in you.


Oakland Athletics baseball team

This story of Oakland Athletics baseball team is about a journey from several painful losses to the top of the charts. The story is reveals that the success of the Oakland A’s is driven by a radical and a statistical driven theory of economics and probability in choosing the players for the team. This movie is about applying theories to sports and the ultimate aim is to win the game.

There are a lot many things that the movie offers for CEOs to learn. This movie encourages utilizing an unorthodox approach. It talks about how to ignore detractors, and how to make better hiring decisions. All these measures are crucial for the growth and success of the business.

Wall Street

Wall Street

Talking about movies that are business based, one has to mention Wall Street. This is one of the most talked about movies in the real business markets. This Michael Douglas starring movie highlights, “greed is the only good and money is everything” approach. This movie is the efficient portrayal of what greed can do, centralizing the story around the greed associated with the Wall Street.

This movie helps CEOs understand the need of morals and ethics in business. More the business models and approaches are grounded with ethos and values, the better it is likely to do in the longer run.

Thus, it can be said that movies can be inspirations for the business decision makers. CEOs can have the edge over others by enjoying few movies and truly understanding the crux of it. Implementing what is directed in the movies to real life business situations can actually prove of real worth.


Movies can sometimes be gear and influential teachers especially when it comes to business scenarios that constantly demand innovation and creative measures.


Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team (C)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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