Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Elvis The Movie

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.

Many people think they know the story of Elvis Presley (portrayed by the great Austin Butler). A great musician who rose to prominence. Then, losing it all due to a battle with drugs and obesity.

The new Elvis movie introduces us to another villain in the life of Elvis. That villain? His manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

Elvis movie poster

In one of the most cinematic, visually stimulating, musically diverse films in recent memories, Elvis will be a hit movie.

We see the multiple stages of Elvis’ life, including scenes of him as a young boy (Chaydon Jay) wearing the symbol of the superhero Captain Marvel/Shazam. The progression is entertaining yet sad. It’s like watching a trainwreck, not because the movie is terrible but because of what you know will happen.

It All Starts With Trust


We all want to be trusted. What we often don’t do is trust those we lead.

We hire a new employee. We begin to think of ways the employee may cheat the company.


We’ve broken a bond of trust. The employee may not realize it.


Slowly but surely, the employee will begin to realize you don’t trust them. They will see the “guardrails” you’ve put up to keep them in line.

We talk about trust like it’s important. We don’t live it out.

Here’s 5 ways we can show that we believe in trust, and that we trust those we lead.

It All Starts With Trust

1. Listen more than you speak:

One way we show that we don’t trust those we lead is that we talk too much. We believe we’re giving the person information they need, helping them understand a process, or working them through a problem.

Direction Over Speed

Speed has been the focus of many leaders.

We’ve been pushed to be more efficient, quicker to release, and the first to market. Everything tells us that speed is good.

Blurred lines caused by speed

Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

What if I told you this was wrong? What if speed wasn’t as good as we’ve made it out to be?

You may think I’m crazy. You may think Joseph’s finally gone off the rails.

Yet, by the time you’re done reading, you will agree with me.

Why Speed Isn’t The Bee’s Knees

Everyone likes to be first. Our sports stars have taught us this.

Every winner had to come in first. They beat the other team. They shot more shots than the other team. Something brought them to first place.

This mindset has invaded our businesses. We think that speed is the key.

It’s not. Though it is important.

Easy Ways To Motivate Employees So They Always Bring Their A-Game

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Imagine this. You’ve just started trading and you have a team of employees at your beck and call. They’re making sales, liaising with customers, working on prototypes, and creating new marketing materials.

For the first few weeks, everything is going great. But then, after a while, you notice that standards begin to slip. Employees aren’t showing up for work on time, the quality of their output is going down, and they don’t seem as enthusiastic about what they are doing as before. What’s going wrong?

Bursts of motivation are common in workplaces. However, sustained effort is a rare beast indeed. The majority of employees simply aren’t interested in slogging their guts out, week after week, just so that management can hit its targets. They care about the quality of their lives and aren’t interested in living exclusively for work. They want fun in their lives. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Lightyear

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.

I was excited for the 5th movie in the Toy Story series. While not a Toy Story movie in name, Lightyear tells the origin stories of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Pine) and Zurg (James Brolin).

We find out that Buzz Lightyear is based on a movie Andy had seen as a child. This movie had a toy line created from it. And Andy loved the movie so much that he had to have a Buzz Lightyear toy (as seen in Toy Story).

Mo, Steel, Izzy, and Buzz Lightyear in Lightyear movie

Finding out the origins of Buzz Lightyear was a fun journey to infinity and beyond. If you love the Toy Story films, you will enjoy the latest addition.

Today, our Reel Leadership article will look at the leadership lessons in Lightyear. Hold onto your seats as we blast into space with this one!