Business Strategies via watching movies… Does it get any better than this?
What can the movie, “The Blind Side” (2009)
teach about business strategies?
Today, we share 3 Business Strategies via “The Blind Side” (2009) movie. (poster image by www.IMBd.com)
This true story of a petite women with great gumption and a heart of gold, and a large teen boy with troubles grander than a pile up on the express way, is one that will leave you in awe. The two main characters play life B-I-G and at times don’t even realize how extra-ordinary they are.
This is the true story of Michael Oher, first round draft pick in the NFL and a legendary player, and a women who rescued him from homelessness to becoming an essential family member. This movie addresses all sorts of prejudices, desperations and inspirations, and the sweet reward of hard work. Definitely a must see for your family – teens and preteens will enjoy and learn from it in a really powerful way too (without you having to say a word)!
“The Blind Side” BUSINESS STRATEGY #1
Michael, was raised in the projects with an abandoned father and drug addicted mother. Just choosing to stay alive and not become a gang member too great courage. Then he was rescued and placed in an all white community and school where it was difficult to make friends and adjust to becoming a student. Each day was a new experience of pushing through and learning to overcome obstacles.
Leigh Ann, the rescuer, had a big heart and was always doing charity causes. Her close friends didn’t truly support her strategies with this particular endeavor. Then came some great lines. Leigh Ann said to friends, “I don’t need your approval [for the choices I’m making], but I ask you respect them”. She chose to continuously show up in a courageous manner and be a superb example for someone who wasn’t capable yet.
Strategy #1 Pondering: Do you show up courageously each day in life and as your business’s leader? Is your vision and mission more important than your personal hang-ups to completing what is necessary?
“The Blind Side“ BUSINESS STRATEGY #2
I shared that Leigh Ann had a heart of gold. That’s an understatement! Even though her family was financially sound (she did have her own career), she took time to make all the important things happen for others. She was a change agent with impeccable strategies for accomplishment of whatever it was she was doing. She gave her all to everything! During a lunch with her friends, one of them said, “You’re changing that boy’s life.” Her reply, “No, he’s changing mine.”
When the teachers figured out what Michael’s learning style was, most of them took time from their schedule to adapt and accommodate to his specific needs. They created new strategies to give him what he needed. Eventually, it renewed their joy of teaching again.
Strategy #2 Pondering: How can you offer a little more generosity to others? Can you create an offering which you give of yourself a little more than normal via an extra ______, or deeply discounted service? How do you give of yourself to your business? Are you stingy in the manner you show up in your relationship with your own business or are you generous with/to it?
“The Blind Side” BUSINESS STRATEGY #3
When it is decided that Michael is going to stay with the family, he expresses his awe and appreciation one more time. Leigh Ann thinks it’s because he never had his own bedroom; however, Michael reveals he never had his own bed before.
There is a scene that take’s place on Thanksgiving Day at the family’s house. The food (which is a carry-out Thanksgiving meal), is spread out and the family makes their plates and gets right back to watching football. Where’s Michael? Eating at the dining room table by himself. And eventually the family follows and has a proper Thanksgiving Dinner experience. Nothing is taken for granted by this family – it’s beautiful to witness!
Strategy #3 Pondering: How do you find ways to express appreciation? How do you thank your family and friends for supporting you through your professional endeavors? How do you express appreciation to your customers, staff, mentor/coach/advisor, vendors, and external partners? I find my business appreciates the more I appreciate it and support it appropriately!
Take a moment to kill this coach’s curiosity… Please share which strategies require your attention right now – take a moment to answer in the comment section. Let’s see how we can serve each other with authentic sharings 🙂
Last: If you need assistance on any of these strategies or something else to help your business shine, please contact me. I’d be happy to learn if I can help you or refer to another who is capable of resolving your needs!