Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Dark Knight

A Reel Leadership Article

The Dark Knight is the second of three movies in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight induces a new menace to Christopher Nolan’s Batman universe. Heath Ledger’s Joker emerges and begins to wreak havoc upon the citizens of Gotham City. Gotham City’s protector, Batman (Christian Bale) must rise to the occasion and deal with this new threat.

I remember first watching The Dark Knight. It was at a drive-in. After leaving the movie, I couldn’t understand why everyone loved this movie. I still don’t but after watching it this weekend, my opinion of the movie changed. The Dark Knight is much better than I remember it being.

Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight

Batman/Bruce Wayne has to navigate the difficulties arising from the Joker’s entrance to Gotham. Along with this challenge, there is a relationship challenge. He is vying to regain the love of Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) while she is fawning over District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).

Slow Is Smooth. Smooth Is Fast

Think about the title of this article for a few minutes. What does slow is smooth, smooth is fast mean to you?

I was listening to the Pursuit Of Service podcast hosted by Brian Dodd and Jeff Wright. Brian mentioned the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of Seal Team 6’s elimination of Osama bin Laden. This includes the entering of his compound.

Brian shared how the Navy Seal team moved. They took it slow. They were smooth and methodical in their movements. It wasn’t an in-and-out type of mission.

Their deliberate movements and collection of data allowed them to be successful in their mission.

We need to be slow:

You may have heard that you need to move fast to be a great leader. You don’t. You need to move slow.

The Four Styles Of Asking And Giving

Wayne Baker, in his book All You Have To Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success, talks about the 4 styles of asking. These are the standard ways most people are viewed when making a request.

Knowing which kind of asker you are will help you better suit your ask to the situation at hand. You will learn that your style of asking may be inappropriate or hurtful.

Man holding his hand out with water falling into it

Photo by Geetanjal Khanna on Unsplash

The good news is that you can recognize the downfall of your giving style and correct it. Let’s take a look at the four styles of asking.

The Four Styles Of Asking And Giving

The overly generous giver:

Have you ever met someone who just loves to give? These people would give you the shirt off the back even if it was the last piece of clothing they owned. They can’t help themselves when it comes to giving.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Godzilla Vs. Kong

A Reel Leadership Article

Logo for Reel Leadership

Godzilla Vs. Kong has been another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having been delayed multiple times, Godzilla Vs. Kong finally saw a release this weekend in the movie theaters and on HBO Max (Little secret here, go see it in the theater if you can. This is a movie that was made for the big screen).

The movie continues the story from Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. It is the fourth movie in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. And it was well worth the wait.

Godzilla and Kong fighting in the ocean

In Godzilla Vs. Kong, Godzilla returns to the surface and is no longer humanity’s hero. He attacks an Apex Cybernetics facility. He utterly decimates the facility.

The world is wondering why their once-savior has returned to attack humanity. It’s part of the mystery though it isn’t hard to figure out.

Metanoia For Today’s Organizational Leader

I heard the term “metanoia” used in a sermon recently.  It means to transform in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.  The priest used the term in the context of using the Lenten season to last beyond just the 40 days of Lent.  He simplified the term to mean to change yourself on the “inside” and then your behaviors and actions to become a better person and a person more in alignment with God’s plan for what He really wants us to be.  This change is accomplished through actions on the person’s part, hard work, and real effort, not just through “wishing/hoping” to change.  Metanoia is first a change of heart that then drives a change in behaviors.  It is an external change (actions) driven by an internal change.