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5.0 out of 5 stars Insights from the Silver Screen
What a terrific concept! Select a number of movies and then analyze what they reveal about "lessons in leadership." Specifically, here are the themes:
"Following Your Hunch" (The Hunt for Red October)
The Importance of Improvisation (Apollo 13)
The Failed Promise of Heroic Leadership (Dead Poets Society)
Turning Around a Faltering Team...
Published on February 29, 2000 by Robert Morris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Shallow
If you've never thought of connecting movies to management, this might be a good start. But it lacks both depth and breadth. I kept thinking of all the other movies the author missed.
Published on December 18, 2008 by William A. Frey


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insights from the Silver Screen, February 29, 2000
What a terrific concept! Select a number of movies and then analyze what they reveal about "lessons in leadership." Specifically, here are the themes:
"Following Your Hunch" (The Hunt for Red October)
The Importance of Improvisation (Apollo 13)
The Failed Promise of Heroic Leadership (Dead Poets Society)
Turning Around a Faltering Team (Hoosiers)
Socratic Leadership (12 Angry Men)
Turning Around a Troubled Organization (Twelve O'Clock High)
When Leadership Fails (Citizen Kane)
Morality and Leadership (Wall Street)
This is a book which I wish I had written. The authors are to be commended, first for thinking about writing such a book and then for doing it. The result is a brilliant piece of work. The writing style has snap, crackle, and pop. The insights are of great value as we are helped to correlate the circumstances in each movie with the daily circumstances in which most of us are obliged to function each day.
After you read this book, you will perhaps think of other movies which also could have been discussed by the authors. For me (what great fun!), I would nominate Paths of Glory, Zulu, Executive Suite, Command Decision, Tunes of Glory, Braveheart, Jeremiah Johnson, Pork Chop Hill, Pale Rider, and Patton.
If you are a movie buff, if you are looking for a great read, and if you agree with me that much of value can be learned about leadership from the movies, obtain a copy of this book ASAP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for those that don't get much outside training, October 27, 1999
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In preparing for an annual management seminar that I was leading, someone suggested this book. It was a great help in being able to illustrate easily some useful take away management points for my group. Showing film clips as part of the day's events was a great way to break up the monotony and I found the participants sat up and listened to each segment, obviously interested. I would recommend this book for those who don't work for large companies who are always sending you outside for training. The book gives you all the items for you to do it yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Shallow, December 18, 2008
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If you've never thought of connecting movies to management, this might be a good start. But it lacks both depth and breadth. I kept thinking of all the other movies the author missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Principles from the Silver Screen, February 28, 2013
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This review is from: Movies to Manage By (Paperback)
Subtitled Lessons in Leadership from Great Films, this intriguing book has powerful insights regarding leadership demonstrated by tapping into the characters and and themes of nine classic films. The authors provide engaging and persuasive arguments for enhancing one's leadership ability both through things TO DO and things NOT TO DO. Real life examples of these principles are also shared as they dissect the roles and situations faced by both protagonists and antagonists via the Silver Screen. Here are the nine films cited, with the key principles addressed by them.

GUIDING THE SHIP
The Hunt for Red October - Following Your Hunch
Apollo 13 - The Importance of Improvisation
Dead Poets' Society - The Failed Promise of Heroic Leadership

CREATING A TEAM
Hoosiers - Turning Around a Faltering Team
Norma Rae - Mentors and Protoges

CONFLICTS AND TURNAROUNDS
12 Angry Men - Socratic Leadership
Twelve O'Clock High - Turning Around a Troubled Organization

SELF-LEADERSHIP
Citizen Kane - When Leadership Fails
Wall Street - Morality and Leadership
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative guide to leadership principles, October 27, 1999
A useful guide for business management courses, offering students creative insight into basic leadership principles. In "Movies to Manage By" John Clemens and Melora Wolf creatively utilize film as an instructive tool to convey leadership in a unique approach. A great book to be used in any graduate or college business program
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book, October 8, 1999
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Movies to Manage By uses film in the right way. Clemens and Wolff are wonderful writers, and their approach to film and leadership is insightful, meaningful, and entertaining. I have a small business and so am dealing with a lot of the dilemmas that the authors raise, and their observations are right on key. The subject matter seemed kind of light when I first saw the book, but reading it I see that it really is a book of substance with helpful information for people like me. Thank you.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and interesting, November 19, 1999
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What a fun read this is! Business books tend to be so boring, so it was great to read something original and different. And the link of movies to management is not a stretch at all. Just good sensible advice presented in a really engaging writing style. I liked this very much.
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Movies to Manage By by John Clemens (Paperback - October 11, 1999)
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