Every day Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) took the commuter train to and from work. On the day he was let go from his job, he didn’t change his ritual of riding the train. This is where the leadership lessons from The Commuter begin.
That fateful day things changed. Michael was a targeted man. Someone had a plan for him. A sinister plan.
The Commuter was filled with a couple of great plot twists you didn’t see coming. Liam Neeson played his role perfectly as did the other cast members.
But let’s get into the leadership lessons from The Commuter before I get too far off base.
I’m sure quite a few of you were in diapers as I was immersed as a teen in this 1970’s commercial about Enjoli perfume.
This sexy suburbanite sang a jazzy song about the many roles she successfully played in society—a corporate executive, a gourmet cook, an involved mother and the commercial culminated as she sang to her husband, “And I’ll never let you forget you’re a man.” It was the media’s version of the complete woman.
It obviously penetrated my psyche because I tried hard to be all things to all people. However, through years of bitter experiences—a divorce, stress and anxiety attacks, I slowly learned this was a fallacy. In fact, it diluted my impact as a mother, educator, wife, and writer. Read more...
Hollywood once again takes you back to the 1940’s… Adolf Hitler has risen to power. The European nations are in turmoil. And Dunkirk is in danger.
Darkest Hours tells the story of Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) as he tries to navigate the political quagmire of parliament and his political enemies. Over a number of days, we see Churchill’s struggle as he has to make tough decision after tough decision.
This biographical war drama is ripe with leadership lessons, so let’s get into leadership lessons from Darkest Hour.
Caution: Spoilers for Darkest Hour below
Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Darkest Hour
1. Ineffective leaders will eventually get replaced:
Parliament had lost faith in their current Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup), and demanded his resignation. They felt he was not strong enough to protect the national security of Britain. Read more...
Epic stories that span the length of time. Space operas telling the story of a battle never won. Fantasy lands brought to life in vivid color through the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fiction writers.
There’s a magic behind fiction books. One that draws readers into a story deeper than themselves. One that helps readers to remember and understand the story better than any non-fiction book will ever do.
I still remember the stories I read as a child. Peter Cottontail, the various Star Wars novels, the Tortoise and the Hare. These novels and fables told a story that engaged my imagination and helped me live in another world.
They also did something else. According to research, reading fiction books transforms the readers. Not only do they get taken to far away worlds, readers become something new. Read more...