Quotes And Leadership Lessons From John Wick 3: Parabellum

A Reel Leadership Article

It all started with a dog. A dog that was slain by someone attacking John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and his home. Now, we’re three films into the John Wick franchise and it only keeps getting better.

John Wick 3: Parabellum continues moments after John Wick Chapter Two ends. John has been excommunicated from the assassin community he was a part of. He’s had a huge bounty placed on his head. And he has nowhere to go.

John Wick standing in a downpour

Keanu Reeves as John Wick

This leads to one of the best action movies to release in the recent past. John Wick takes action and violence to a new level.

You’ll also notice something else in John Wick 3: Parabellum. Loads of leadership lessons. The movie is filled with ways to lead better, if only you pay attention. Let’s dive into those Reel Leadership lessons and see what you can take away from the latest John Wick movie.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Marvel’s Planet Hulk

Long before the rumors of a live-action Planet Hulk movie and the partial Planet Hulk story in Thor: Ragnarok, Planet Hulk was a direct-to-video Marvel animation film. The movie tells the story of a permanently transformed Bruce Banner as the Hulk.

Because of the danger the Hulk possesses, the Avengers decided to send him off to a peaceful planet. As you can guess, something goes wrong. The Hulk wakes up mid-flight and goes into a berserker rage. He destroys crucial navigational instruments and the ship flies off-course.

Marvel animated movie Planet Hulk

Crashing landing on the alien planet of Sakaar, he is greeted by aggressors. The Hulk (Rick D. Wasserman) is imprisoned along with other aliens. Their captors force the captives to fight for their freedoms.

Only then do the people realize who the Hulk is. He is the savior of their world.

Why Being Healthy Is Important To A Leader

Becoming A Healthy Leader

One of the most mentioned struggles in my recent reader survey was the struggle of being a healthy leader. Being healthy encompasses many facets of your life. From your mental health to your physical health to your spiritual health.

Seeing as staying or becoming healthy was one of the biggest struggles leaders are facing, I wanted to dedicate March to helping leaders to become healthier in their daily lives.

Become a fit leader

Image by Evan Rummel

Today, we’re going to start off with why being healthy is (or should be) important to a leader.

Why Being Healthy Is Important To A Leader

Being healthy should be a priority to everyone, not just leaders. However, I’ve seen leaders struggle with health time and time again.

Because of their busy work schedules, leaders frequently fail to take care of their health. Their focus has been on taking care of business and running it successfully. This leaves little time to look at their health.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Back To The Future

A Reel Leadership Article (Flashback Edition)

One of my favorite podcasters Pat Flynn’s, of Smart Passive Income and Ask Pat, favorite movie is Back To The Future. So, I figured why not use Back To The Future as the first “flashback” Reel Leadership article.

The year was 1985 when Steven Spielberg produced the now-classic movie Back To The Future. Starring Michael J. Fox as the 17-year old Marty McFly, the enigmatic Christopher Lloyd as Doctor  (Doc) Emmett Brown, and Crispin Glover as George McFly in a far-out story about time travel and the implications time travel can have on the universe.

Doc Brown and Marty McFly in a DeLorean - Leadership lessons and quotes from Back To The Future

Rewatching Back To The Future, I remembered the joy and fun of my childhood watching the DeLorean take Marty McFly back in time all because of the darn Lybians.

Who’s Your Number 2, 3, 4?

Even as a new leader, you can’t ignore the fact that your position as a leader is temporary.

One day you’ll leave. You’ll transition out of your leadership position. And someone will take over for you.

Or maybe you’ll be asked to leave. Not given the choice to exit your leadership position gracefully.

Know who your crew is

While we don’t really look forward to either kind of exit, we still know that we will leave one day. Either by choice or by force.

In the meantime, we’ve got to be raising up others to become a leader in our place.

Know Who’s Under You

Now, I don’t mean this in a derogatory way. The fact is that we have team members we’re leading over and they’re technically under us.

That’s the way organizations work.

There’s a leader, there’s someone under him, and so on. Work with the organizational structure.