What can we learn from the directors of successful business


             What is the association that you do hear the titles of movies like “The Godfather” or “Apocalypse Now”? What do you think of movies like “Man on Fire” or “Pulp Fiction”?

              But what really makes these movies attractive and interesting years ago? Whether because of the great acting of Travolta John (“Pulp Fiction”) or the game of Brando Marlon (“Apocalypse Now” & “The Godfather”), or those responsible for their success are the others?

                  The acting is important, but what is the actor without a good script? Even if you have there best actor and best scenarios, this does not mean that the audience will like the movie. Here comes the role of director.

                 He was the man on whose shoulders falls the greatest responsibility, in order for a film to touch the hearts of the audience. It determines how to present a story in this unspeakable manner, after which all remain fascinated by the movie.

                   How to play a scene?Where are the actors?How to say his lines?All this is a result of the director’s imagination.Therefore, personally for me, the director is the main culprit for the good performance of a film.

                  Assuming that your employees are the actors, screenwriters your bosses, you are acting as managers of the company directors. It takes on the challenging task to arrange the actors. Show them how you see the fulfillment of their role. To you to have realized the script given to you by management and to guide the actors to play so that your bosses and clients will remain really satisfied and will never forget you or replaced.

             On the question “What qualities do you think a good director has?”, Steven Spielberg responsible in the following way: “What makes a good director, more than anything else, is just having a good imagination. If you have a good imagination and you like to tell stories, and you feel you can turn around and communicate these thoughts to a lot of strangers, then perhaps you should write or start making 8mm movies. “(Quote from an interview with Steven Spielberg).

               If you look at his response from management, it turns out that a good manager, in pursuance of the company must have a “good imagination”. How to set tasks so that they will be perceived by employees as a way to inspire them implement.

                  Spielberg also says: “I’m not consciously planning anything. I do not say, okay, now I just have to make light popcorn movies to give people relief from the subconscious demons that have pushed me into more historical, darker subjects. I do whatever comes along when I think its time has come. When it’s the time for Lincoln, I’ll make Lincoln. When it’s the time for Indiana Jones, Part Four, I’ll make that film. I’m just saying that when a film’s time has come, I know it. And I know when it is not right for me to direct, but maybe it’s okay for me to co-produce and to mentor a director, something like Memoirs of a Geisha. I intuitively know those things, and I think my intuition has been about 75 percent right on and 25 percent not right on. So I’m just going with the odds. “

                  What I personally see is that management must know when the right time to create a new product or placed on the market. When is the time to improve some services? Just intuition managers also need to be developed, as well as their imagination.

                    To the question “Is there a particular lesson you’ve learned about storytelling?“, The director replied as follows “I think there’s a little moment of mystery that occurs in a movie where two people do not quite understand each other, and then suddenly understand what they mean to each other and what their lives are all about. The audience has these epiphanies that often go unheralded, but it gives them a chance to say, ‘I’m part of this story. Thank you, you’ve included me in your story. ‘ It invites the audience into the process. Film is a visual language, and then there’s the great art of the spoken word. And my job is to put the audience inside the movie. My job is to reduce the aesthetic distance between the audience and the experience, so they are lost for two hours and they only wake up when they walk out of the theater and the sunlight hits them in the face. I think all of us are either successes or failures based on how far inside the experience of the story we can put the audience “(these are excerpts from an interview with Spielberg, published on the website of” Directors Guild of America “).

              As managers, we must understand that the most important moment in our work is to make employees our team feels empathetic and part of the process of creating a new product or service.Only when the people working for us aware of their role in the company, we can hope that our customers will feel that way.We need to show our customers that they are also part of our company.This can happen only when we understand their needs and interests and use them to build trust between us.They will also feel like part of the company.

             In this regard, Tony Scott, says: “[I tell my production team] ‘Go into the real world, cast these people in the real world, and find me role models for my writers.’ (Interview with Tony Scott)”

             I think if we transform his words in terms of management, Scott is trying to tell us that managers need more often to listen and understand people working for them. Besides employees, they are also customers. Each of them has their preferences and their favorite brands. Talk to them and try to understand why some like this brand, some another. So, you can steal a lot of ideas from your competitors or other companies that are not in your niche. As Quentin Tarantino says, “Steal from every movie ever made. If you do not like that people feel bad, do not go to see it. “

              According to Francis Ford Coppola, The language cinema happened by experimentation – by people not knowing what to do. But unfortunately, after 15-20 years, it became a commercial industry. People made ​​money in the cinema, and then they began to say to the pioneers, “Do not experiment. We want to make money. We do not want to take chances. ” An essential element of any art is risk. If you do not take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that has not been seen before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and expecting to have a baby. You have to take a risk. “

              This lesson gives us great director is that every company, every one of us wants to make money. But the money has come in a method that is profitable. But, in the minds of the director is a misconception. New managers must take risks to be successful. Managers need to experiment to achieve the desired success. To allow his team also experimented with a view to achieving the objectives. So the result will be the creation of a product or service that has not been created.

               One of the tips that gives the director is “The first thing you do when you take a piece of paper is always put the date on it, the month, the day, and where it is. Because every idea that you put on paper is useful to you. By putting the date on it as a habit, when you look for what you wrote down in your notes, you will be desperate to know that it happened in April in 1972 and it was in Paris and already it begins to be useful. ”

                 Sir Richard Branson, says: “Note taking is one of my favorite pastimes. I can not tell you where I’d be if I had not had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me. Some of Virgin’s most successful companies have been born from random moments – if we had not opened our notebooks, they would never have happened. No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But do not just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals. If you do not write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room. ”

                Only the idea that one of the most successful entrepreneur worldwide using this method is significant.Any idea that comes into your mind, write it down and work on it.So results would be available.

                Like Tarantino, Coppola, says to steal from each idea. In the cited interview with the director (for more info), he gives the example of Balzac, who spoke of a young writer who used his style and that made ​​the writer happy. Coppola believes “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can not steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that’s how you will find your voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you. And Balzac said that in his book: It makes me so happy because it makes me immortal because I know that 200 years from now there will be people doing things that somehow I am part of. So the answer to your question is: Do not worry about whether it’s appropriate to borrow or to take or do something like someone you admire because that’s only the first step and you have to take the first step. “

             One of the major mistakes that most managers make is not listening to its employees. On this subject, the director expressed the following opinion “When you go to make it as a film, you have the suggestions of the actors, which are going to be available to you, right? You’re going to listen to the actors because they have great ideas. You’re going to listen to the photographer because he will have a great idea. You must never be the kind of director, I think maybe I was when I was 18, “No, no, no, I know best.” That’s not good. You can make the decision that you feel is best, but listen to everyone, because cinema is collaboration. I always like to say that collaboration is the sex of art because you take from everyone you’re working with. ”

           This is a great example of that, to achieve high performance, managers need to listen them team.

           About the management of teams, Coppola gives the following example “What I learned, which is a simple idea, is that if you hold out with your vision a little bit, it’s like a cake being put in the oven. The scene does not work immediately, you have to bake it a little bit. It’s unfair, when you begin to create a shot, say, or a scene, that it’s going to immediately be like those beautiful scenes in the movies. It needs a little bit of time to mature. It’s like taking the cake out without letting it be in the oven for more than a minute. Like, oh no, it’s terrible. So you have to be patient, and then slowly everyone starts to see that the ideas are right, or make the corrections. You have to battle the lack of confidence by giving the scene the chance to solidify. ”

           No sense of the interpretation of these words. They clearly show that managers have to be patient against his team.Where necessary to make changes to the ideas and wait until the team understand that this idea is good and it works.

             Each manager and employee fears whether an idea will work. Coppola tells about Barbara Streisand, that before she came on stage, she fear that cannot sing.Everyone in the world knows that this is not true.This shows that everyone is afraid at first step, but the key is to wait until the next day, and when reconsider its idea, it would appear promising.

             At the end of this article, I will end with the opinion of the director on success. He gives the following example “When you make a dinner and you invite ten people over and they eat the dinner, you want them to say,” Oh, what a nice dinner. “You do not want them to say,” I hated the dinner, it was awful. “But in the movie business you can work a year and they say,” That’s stupid, it’s a mess, it’s horrible. “You would be heart broken if they reacted to your dinner that way. So you want people to enjoy it and you want to feel good that you were able to do it, but success is very illusory and it depends who’s interpreting it. Money is, of course, tangible which is why everybody wants it. I have the luck that I made ​​a lot of money. “(Quote from an interview in The Talks).

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