Quotes And Leadership Lessons From John Wick

A Reel Leadership Article

Keanu Reeves stars as legendary assassin John Wick in this great action film from 2014. With John Wick: Chapter 3 releasing in May, I thought this would be a perfect time for a Reel Leadership article about John Wick.

Having retired from his profession, John Wick is drawn back into the world of assassins when his wife passes away and his dog is brutally murdered by a Russian thug. From there, John’s world goes from normal to deadly.

John Wick is packed with action. It’s an action movie for guys who like to see the bad guys punished. John Wick dispenses his own brand of justice on the lowlifes who took away what was precious to him.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick holding a Beagle puppy

Keanu Reeves in John Wick

Not only will viewers of John Wick be pleased with the action, though the movie does contain lots of vulgarity, they will also discover plenty of leadership lessons in John Wick. That’s what we’re going to be covering in today’s Reel Leadership article.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Free Solo

A Reel Leadership Article

On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold did the impossible. Alex free-soloed the 3,000 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Free-soloing is the climbing of a rock-face without the use of any safety equipment. Alex had no harness, no safety net, nothing to catch him if he were to fall.

Such a feat seems nigh-impossible. To climb 3,000 feet into the air without safety equipment makes my mind hurt. It may make yours as well.

Alex Honnold free solo El Capitan

Photo: Free Solo

Having a passion for ice climbing, Free Solo caught my attention because of the high-risk behavior and the excitement of someone doing the impossible. Knowing there are people out there who are willing to risk life and limb to do what no other person is willing to do fascinates me.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Antboy

A Reel Leadership Article

This past weekend was a busy one (and I’m not just saying that!) The annual Unity Christian Music Festival was Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I ran a half-marathon distance. And there was the True Believers Fest by Marquis Comics where comic fans, wrestlers, and more came together. While it was a great weekend, it put a damper on my movie watching and I was unable to get out to the theater.

discover the leadership lessons in Antboy

The sad part is, there are some great movies in the theater that haven’t received the Reel Leadership treatment. Movies like Mission Impossible: Fallout, Christopher Robin, and The Meg.

So, I browsed Netflix and found a film that had peaked my curiosity before. It looked silly and fun. That movie? Antboy.

Antboy tells the story of a 12-year old boy Pelle Nøhrmann (Oscar Dietz). He was bitten by a super-ant and given superpowers, much like Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spider-Man.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Porco Rosso

A Reel Leadership Article

I recently had the opportunity to view this classic Studio Ghibli film in an actual theater! GKIDS brought back many Studio Ghibli animated adventures back to the big screen during Studio Ghibli Fest. Other movies shown during Studio Ghibli Fest include Grave Of The Fireflies, The Cat Returns, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away.

Porco Rosso is an animated movie by the famous writer and director Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is based on the 3-part manga Hikōtei Jidai by Miyazaki. And is animated by the acclaimed Studio Ghibli.

Porco Rosso tells the tale of a veteran World War 1 fighter pilot and, now, bounty hunter. The great pilot is haunted by a strange curse. He no longer looks human, instead he has taken the form of a pig.

Discover the leadership lessons in Porco Rosso

How To Make Leadership Less Lonely

If you ask a leader what his biggest struggle with is in leadership, you will often hear a single answer. Leadership is lonely. I have no one to go to with my leadership struggles.

It’s a fact of life that leadership can be lonely. Leaders can have a hard time finding a true friend whom they can confide and believe in. Especially because most of the leader’s time is spent with others within the organization.

Leadership doesn't have to be lonely. Group of friends hanging out

Photo by Omar Lopez

This isolation makes leadership lonely. Loneliness then makes leadership difficult.

But leadership doesn’t have to be lonely. You can have vibrant relationships from within and without your organization.

How To Make Leadership Less Lonely

We’re going to look at how you can make leadership less lonely. And that’s a good thing.