Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Spy Kids

A Reel Leadership Article

It’s hard to believe the movie Spy Kids is 20 years old. It’s a fun children’s movie with plenty of potential.

We see that potential in all of the sequels and semi-spin-off movies. Not only did director Robert Rodriguez produce four Spy Kids films, he also spun off the Machete (Danny Trejo) character into two movies. It’s also said that all of the Spy Kids movies are in the same universe as the other Rodriguez films. Crazy?!?

Spy Kids tells the story of the Cortez family. The parents, Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino), appear to be boring. Or so their children believe. However, Gregorio and Ingrid have a secret. They are spies!

Cast of Spy Kids striking a pose

Their children, Juni (Daryl Sabara) and Carmen (Alex PenaVega), come across as spoiled brats. They’re nagging at each other. They’re lying to their parents. It’s a nightmare!

5 Books To Read In November 2021

The leaves are falling. The air is getting crisper. The weather outside is cooling down.

Is there a better time to curl up with a good book? Maybe with a nice coffee or a specially made chai latte (my favorite). I think not.

This month, I’m bringing you 5 more books leaders should read. I hope you’ll enjoy the list and check out the recommended books.

5 Books To Read In November 2021

1. Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change:

Throughout the last couple of years, we have come to understand how quickly things can change. In her book Flux, April Rinne gives us 8 mindset shifts that can help leaders adapt to times of change.

You’ll be thrilled as you read Rinne’s book and discover these superpowers. You’ll be more thrilled when you begin to apply these powers to your leadership.

Purchase Flux here.

How To Improve Your Ability To See The Big Picture

Leading requires us to be able to see the big picture. This can be hard if we’re mired in the minutia of the daily grind. We can easily zoom in and lose the big picture.

What can we do to zoom out and see the big picture again? There are 3 things I want to encourage you to do today to help you see bigger than ever before.

How To Improve Your Ability To See The Big Picture

1. Talk to those outside of your inner circle:

The people in your inner circle are amazing. They’ve helped you get to where you are today. They may have even helped you see the big picture years ago.

Now, it’s the same kind of thinking over and over again. The ability to zoom out is no longer there.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Dune 2021

A Reel Leadership Article

The new Dune movie was one of the casualties of the 2020 movie season thanks to COVID-19. Originally scheduled to hit theaters in December of 2020, Dune didn’t see release until this weekend, October 2021.

Thanks to COVID-19, the ways movies are released have been changed as well. Many movies are seeing split releases. They release on a streaming platform and the theater. I’m grateful for this change as I would have been delayed in seeing Dune without it streaming on HBO Max.

Still from the new Dune movie

The Lalonde household has been hit hard with COVID-19. We’re recovering without any major issues other than being tired and sore. Thanks COVID.

But, what about Dune? Dune is part of a 15-book series by Frank Herbert. The books are massive. They’re fully immersive. They’re a fantastic read.

The Dune movie tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his call to protect one of the most vital elements in the universe.

3 Great Resources On Slowing Down

The world tells us that we have to always be on. There’s no stopping us if we don’t slow down.

I’ve felt extremely weary of this kind of advice. It tears us down. It makes us tired.

After the year of COVID, I’ve heard from other leaders that they’re tired as well. Many are questioning their call to leadership or ministry. Some feel displaced like they have no place in their organization anymore.

I think this is because we’ve lost the art of resting. I know I have. I know many of you have as well.

Recently, I’ve read and listened to a lot of leaders talk about slowing down. They have done a better job of it than I ever could. Today, I want to share these resources with you.