April 2, 2012
Aside from “don’t put Fredo in charge,” there are PLENTY of great lessons you can learn from this award-winning film trilogy.
First, have a plan. When you go into that little restaurant with a guy broke your jaw, know what you want to say and what the outcome should be. Michael stayed calm and stuck to his plan. Bang…winner. (OK – so the bang is a gun, but you know what I mean.)
Second, prepare for the unforseen. Same scene – Michael is being driven by his “enemy” (read: competition) to the location of the meeting. It looks like things have changed. During this ride – there isn’t much dialogue but we know what Michael’s thinking: OK, if this happens, then I will do THAT….and so on. He is very good on his feet – but only because he sticks to his desired outcome. Michael is also very, very good at waiting for the right moment. If it goes bad, he’s still going to ride that train toward his long term goal and hopes he lives to fight another day.
Third, don’t be timid. Sometimes, you just have to take the bull by the horns and go for it. When Michael (The NEW Godfather )”cleans house”, so to speak, he is asserting his leadership in a very obvious, demonstrable way. This is the language of his “industry” – and even though you probably won’t be ordering any hits in the near future — you should not be afraid to approach such “big and defining moments” in your business with the same tenacity and vigor. Don’t be too timid and accomadating – you may get run over. Keep your boundaries in tact and demonstrate leadership when the time is right.
Check out this great article on three more of ‘em….and let me know what YOU think are the best business lessons of these movies. Everyone has an opinion – I would love to hear yours!