Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Pixar’s Up

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The 2009 film Up is a Disney Pixar feature-length animated movie that will warm the hearts of even the most curmudgeon. Up tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Edward ‘Ed’ Asner) and his grief over losing the love of his life, Ellie (whose name is based on the film’s director Pete Docter’s daughter, Elie Docter). They had big dreams to travel the world, live at Paradise Falls, and have the greatest adventures of all time.

Sadly, things got in the way of their adventures. One thing after the other caused them to break into their travel fund and put that dream on hold. Ellie eventually passes away, and Carl becomes a grumpy old man.

An old man, young boy, dog are holding onto a rope connected to a floating house. The house is floating because of balloons and there's a colorful bird sitting on the house

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Argylle

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Argylle is the latest film from director Matthew Vaughan and writer Jason Fuchs. Set in the world of Kingsman (do you remember the multiple movies from this franchise?), you’re in for a milder, tamer version of those films. 

Enter the world of Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard), a reclusive author with a special knack for revealing real-world happenings in her novels. Her main character, Argylle (Henry Cavill), is a special agent. He’s had adventures in multiple books, but Elly’s soon-to-be-released book is missing something special. 

Man and woman standing on a building. Man dropping a gray cat.

Encouraged by her mother, Ruth (Catherine O’Hara), Elly begins to rewrite the ending of her latest book. It’s sure to be a major plot twist. One that may bring about the end of Argylle.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Boys In The Boat

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In 1936, the University of Washington’s Junior Varsity crew team did something amazing. The crew team consisted of Don Hume (Jack Mulhern), Joe Rantz (Callum Turner), George “Shorty” Hunt Bruce Herbelin-Earle), Jim McMillin Wil Coban), John ‘Johnny’ White (Tom Varey), Gordy Adam (Joel Phillimore), Charles ‘Chuck’ Day (Thomas Elms), Roger Morris (Sam Strike), cox Bob ‘Bobby’ Moch (Luke Slattery). They beat varsity teams and then went to the Olympics. From there, they won the Olympic games and took home gold medals for the USA.

These boys, not men, competed in one of the most grueling sports imaginable. Most people don’t even know what crewing is. I only knew what crew was because of the ethical clothing boutique my wife shops at and does a side hustle for. 

The University of Washington Junior Varsity crew team in their boat

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Elf

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Welcome back to another special edition of Reel Leadership. This is the third entry in the Christmas At The Movies series. Previous entries include How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Polar Express. We’ve explored the leadership and life lessons hidden within these fantastic Christmas movies. Today, we’re returning to the movies for a modern Christmas classic: Elf.

Elf tells the story of Buddy The Elf (Will Ferrell) and his search for his birth father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan). Directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum, viewers will find themselves in stitches as they laugh at Buddy’s crazy antics.

Will Ferrell dressed in a green suit with a green hat. Buddy the Elf from the movie Elf

But Elf is more than the story about Buddy. Elf is the story of discovering joy, seeking peace, and finding your place in a world you don’t feel you belong. It’s not only a great Christmas movie; it’s a great life movie.

Embracing Servant Leadership in Your Relationships

Servant leadership is an especially popular idea in the faith community. Yet, servant leadership is applicable in more arenas than in the religious world. You can practice servant leadership wherever you lead.

But, you may be asking yourself, what is servant leadership?

Servant leadership places an emphasis on the leader to steward and care for the resources of an organization. They believe they’ve been placed in a position of trust. More than that, this line of reasoning uses the idea that leaders are servants first. They have to make the needs of their employees a priority.

This flips the script on the traditional leadership paradigm. The leader is no longer at the top. Their main goal is to serve others and help the organization thrive. 

It’s a bold concept. That works.