Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Die Hard

A Reel Leadership Christmas Throwback Article

I usually start the Christmas season off by watching my favorite Christmas movie on Black Friday or that Saturday. This year, I postponed it but was able to get around to watching what I consider to be one of the best Christmas movies out there.

If you haven’t guessed, my favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. Die Hard is the film adaption of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever. Die Hard tells the story of the New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis). John flies to Las Angeles to attend a Christmas party with his estranged wife Holly Gennaro McClane (Bonnie Bedelia) in the extravagant Nakatomi Plaza.

Leadership lessons in Die Hard

Things quickly go from good to bad to worse as John and Holly’s conversation becomes unproductive and terrorists storm the Plaza.

Die Hard is filled with action and violence. There’s a lot of foul language (it’s bad but the movie is SOOOO good). And plenty of leadership lessons in Die Hard.

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? How do you usually come up with creative solutions?

Maybe you get outside to recharge. Maybe you take a break and breath fresh air. Or maybe, you’re unsure where to begin. Not knowing where to start is always the scariest part of just about anything. If only you had that creative spark, right? Here’s the thing, you do! The best part about being stuck in a rut is finding your way out of it and believing that you are capable of being innovative and inventive is half the battle.

The rest of the puzzle is all about flexing your creative muscles. Whether you know how to get your creative juices flowing or are looking for some motivation to get you there, being inspired is always a good place to start.

5 Things To Do When You’re In A Funk

How To Get Out Of A Funk And Back To Yourself

Is there anything worse than being in a funk? Being down and out is no fun. Not only does being in a funk impact the way you feel, being in a funk impacts those around you as well.

When you don’t feel good, it is easier for you to bring down those around you. Your attitude worsens, the way you talk to others changes, and you become doom and gloom.

Get out of a funk by doing these things

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Being in a funk is okay. We all get down at times. In fact, I’ve been down lately.

I can tell when I’m in a funk, I

Don’t want to write

Treat people kindly

Read or improve myself

Don’t want to do much of anything

You can see how those actions are bad for you and those around you. They don’t add any value and they even detract value at times.

Leadership And Management Lessons From The Christmas Train

A Christmas Reel Leadership Article

“The Christmas Train” is a Hallmark Movies and Mysteries production based on David Baldacci’s book.  It’s a love story with a bit of humor, mystery, the dangers of a train stalled by a snowstorm, and an ending with a great twist.  The multiple themes are best summarized by a repeated line: “There’s something about a train.”   Delightfully, when viewed from the perspective of leadership and management, there are some good insights.

leadership lessons and quotes from The Christmas Train

  1. You’re a Director; You’re Not the Star

Max Powers (Danny Glover) is an extremely successful Hollywood Director.  His success is clearly obvious from his reputation, the accomplishments acknowledged by the people he meets on the train, even the display of all the luggage he has on-board.  Yet “Max” is low-key, displaying a calm, humble assessment of himself and his accomplishments.  He responds to compliments with smiles and honesty.  He’s observant about what’s going on around him and gently pushes the characters, particularly Eleanor and Tom into the actions he’s hoping for.

Fear Cannot Win

Have you ever been scared? Really scared?

I remember growing up and having intense bouts of fear. One of those fears was the belief I was going to be left behind in the Rapture (the Biblical kind).

The fear crept in whenever I would return home and find the house empty. Mom, dad, sister, brother… Nowhere to be found.

Don't let fear win

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What was to be found was fear. Fear I wasn’t good enough. That I’d done something unforgivable. Or that I wasn’t a true believer.

Except the fear was unfounded. I hadn’t been left behind during the Rapture. The Rapture never happened and my family was just out and about on their daily business.

You ever have fear like that? It’s petrifying.

What Fear Does

For me, fear paralyzed me. It sent my mind racing and trying to figure out WHY I was left behind.