Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Fly Me To The Moon

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Fly Me To The Moon is an inspiring comedy-drama that will warm your heart, inspire you to do incredible things, and bring you the leadership insights you need to continue growing and becoming a better leader. Directed by Greg Berlanti and with writers Keenan Flynn, Bill Kirstein, and Rose Gilroy, the fictional story of how the United States beat Russia to the moon is hilarious yet insightful. 

Scarlett Johansson stars as Kelly Jones, a marketing genius who is turning the advertising world upside down. When she is recruited by Moe Berkus (Woody Harrelson) to work for the White House and NASA, she meets Cole Davis (Channing Tatum), a moonshot flight director. Both of their worlds collide in a romantic way that goes south. 

Woman in a yellow dress and a man in a blue shirt standing in front of a wooden guardrail

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Bikeriders

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The Bikeriders is a film inspired by real-life events detailed in the book of the same name. A group of motorcycle lovers join together to form the Vandals MC. They’re a fictional characterization of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. This club is the oldest outlaw motorcycle club in the world.

Starring Austin Butler as Benny, Jodie Comer as Kathy, Tom Hardy (remember him as Eddie Brock in Venom?) as Johnny, Michael Shannon as Zipco, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon in Walking Dead) as Funny Sonny, and others, the story weaves in and out through the years as journalist Danny Lyon (Mike Faist) chronicles their adventures. He followed the Bikeriders from 1963-1967.

Austin Butler, a man in a leather jacket with Vandals written on it, sitting on a motorcycle. The sky is blue and bright.

The film pieces together segments of his interviews while also showing interactions between club members and rival clubs. It’s a thrill ride you won’t forget.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From A Quiet Place: Day One

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With two entries into the A Quiet Place series (Part One and Part Two), I didn’t think we needed another entry. Boy, was I wrong. 

A Quiet Place: Day One brings us to the beginning of the alien invasion that silenced New York City and beyond. The two other movies have shown the terror after the aliens invaded. Now, we get to see how it started.

A man and woman covered in dirt/dust. The man has his hand over the woman's mouth. His other hand is making a sign to be quiet.

The focus is on Samira (Lupita Nyong’o), a woman living at Little Firs Hospice Care. She has terminal cancer and is nearing death. When the aliens invade, she makes one last push to get a slice of her beloved pizza from Patsy’s Pizza. Her mission seems silly when you first think about it. Yet, Samira’s quest to get one last slice of pizza before the world ends worked.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Wicked The Musical

This edition of Reel Leadership is different. Instead of hitting on one of the latest films to hit theaters, we’re going to look at a musical theater play. When I ran the London Marathon, I had the opportunity to visit the Apollo Victoria Theatre London. It is home to the musical Wicked.

Wicked tells the story of The Wizard Of Oz but with a twist.

Glinda the good witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West together

The play explores the backstory of the Wicked Witch Of The West, Elphaba Thropp. She was born different, her skin a hue of green, and everyone seemed to be afraid of her.

This sets up an excellent chance to explore the themes of leadership. Wicked can help us reexamine the way we look at a troubled employee, how we view good employees, and more. Join us on this fantastical Reel Leadership journey.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Inside Out 2

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Disney and Pixar bring us back to the world of Riley (Kensington Tallman), a young girl with a whole world of emotions. If you remember the first Inside Out movie, you will remember her journey of coming to terms with her conflicting emotions.

In Inside Out 2, Riley’s original emotions return. We’re treated to the likes of:

  • Joy (Amy Poehler)
  • Anger (Lewis Black)
  • Sadness (Phyllis Smith)
  • Fear (Tony Hale)
  • Disgust (Liza Lapira)

Joy (a blue-haired woman) and Anxiety (a creature with a worried expression) with colored balls behind them. Scene from Inside Out 2.

These emotions are pushed out as 13-year-old Riley hits puberty. New emotions arrive and begin to create havoc in her life. These new emotions are:

  • Anxiety (Maya Hawke)
  • Envy (Ayo Edebiri)
  • Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser)
  • Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos)