Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Tick, Tick… BOOM!

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

The Netflix original movie, Tick, Tick… BOOM! tells the story of Jonathan Larson (Andrew Garfield). Tick, Tick… BOOM! is the autobiographical musical of Larson as he struggles to become a valued playwright. Larson eventually does but does with the play Rent. Unfortunately, Larson died of an aortic aneurysm before the play premiered.

Starring the impressive Garfield, Tick, Tick… BOOM! is a fantastic masterpiece. It reveals the struggles of Larson as he deals with the loss of friends due to the HIV crisis of the 90s, relationship issues with his girlfriend, and losing a friend to a high-paying advertising job.

The life of a struggling playwright is not easy.

Andrew Garfield in Tick, Tick... BOOM!

The challenges keep coming. Larson keeps getting back up.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In February 2022

It’s time for another book list for leaders. This month will continue to share more books from the cohort that helped me write Reel Leadership.

These books were all written by new authors who had something to say. Through the teaching of Professor Eric Koester, many of us were able to complete our manuscripts and publish our books.

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The books range from fiction to non-fiction and everything in-between. Today’s article will focus on business, personal development, and leadership.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In February 2022

1. Crisis Proof Leadership by Beth Rashleigh:

In Crisis Proof Leadership, Rashleigh helps the reader to understand it’s not crises that define leaders. It’s what leaders have done before a crisis hits that will define them.

Take a journey with Rashleigh as she takes a deep dive into the world of leading through crisis. And, leading through a crisis is something every leader will have to do. Because there’s always a crisis just around the corner.

Let People Know They Helped

Successful businesses, churches, and entrepreneurial efforts are not built on a single person’s back. Instead, success takes the efforts of many people.

People that are rarely, if ever, honored.

Warren Buffet once said, “Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not the periphery.” What does this mean? What can we do to make this true in our organization?

The backbone of any organization is not the leader. The person at the front of the company is more of a figurehead, a symbol of what the company represents. He or she may bring great ideas but if those great ideas are not executed or produced, the ideas die on the vine.

This is where your people come in.

The person on the production floor, he is vital to the organization. The children’s pastor who recently preached her first sermon to the whole congregation, she is essential to the church.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The 355

A Reel Leadership Article

When you think of great spy movies, we have a great lineup of movies featuring men. From James Bond to Jason Bourne, most spy movies are geared towards men.

Every so often, we do get a female-led spy movie such as Charlie’s Angels or Red Sparrow. However, most of these female-led spy movies don’t have staying power.

This led me to be excited to see the new spy movie The 355.

Female cast of The 355

355 is the codename for an unnamed female spy during the American Revolution. The name, apparently, continued to be passed down and we eventually got a movie using the codename.

I wish I could say The 355 will have the staying power of a James Bond or a Jason Bourne. Sadly, I don’t think it will.

This doesn’t mean it’s not worth a watch. The movie was fun. It also, more importantly, contains plenty of leadership lessons.

How Small Business Owners Can Prepare for Retirement

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The average retirement age in the United States is 61 years old for men and 62 years old for women. For many people, these are the golden years of life, where they can enjoy their time with family, hobbies, and vacations. But not everyone has saved enough to retire comfortably. 

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The good news is that you’re not too late to save for your future retirement. This is especially important as small business owners generally work at least another year past the average retirement age of their employed counterparts.

Whether or not retirement is a long way off for you or you are close to retirement age, there are ways to prepare yourself and your business before the time comes. The following methods will help you do just that.