Business Strategies via watching movies… Does it get any better than this?
What can the movie, “Invictus” (2009)
teach about business strategies?
Today, we share 3 Business Strategies via “Invictus” (1996) movie.
This movie is one of the most inspiring movies I’ve watched! It is historical, it is truthful, and it reveals all the reality of humanity while inspiring us to forgive and create a better world than we know it. Additionally, it reveals endless business strategies for success!
Nelson Mandela, was unjustly imprisoned for 26 years for political reasons. He was a great man because he could forgive, had compassion, loved his country – and all people. Mandela was a wise man and he knew there was always more than what was noticeable at the surface. He found ways, or created strategies, to look beyond the intolerable and create something fresh and beautiful. His unorthodox manner, strategies, and zest for life brought a severely divided nation together when none other could. He was a great leader, peacemaker, dream builder, visionary, and man. We can all learn better ways for living from his extra-ordinary life and career!
BUSINESS STRATEGY #1: CHANGE
All the Time
When the rugby team is having a loosing season, they learn that it is important to change. They need to create new strategies to their offense and defense. Eventually embracing change as good! How many times have we heard this? Change helps us grow. Indeed, at times change isn’t always best, but more often than not it is 🙂 Very seldom does change feel good as it requires us to stretch and grow outside of our comfort zone.
Strategy #1 Pondering: Do you “play it safe” or stretch outside of your comfort zone? Playing it safe, too often, is risky business! Think of your career… if you didn’t change your skill set you might still be delivering papers, babysitting, delivering pizzas, or flipping burgers. Even though these are valuable roles in our society, most of my readers are inspired to socially and professionally co-create or re-shape humanity to even greater heights than it is currently.
Stretch! Into whatever your business is requiring of you. It’s good for you personally, professionally, and all of humanity. Change is the cornerstone to many strategies becoming successful. Don’t wait too long!
BUSINESS STRATEGY #2: INVICTUS
Latin for “Unconquered”
A couple of times throughout the movie you have an opportunity to see Mandela’s cell of 26 years. Undeniably, it is quite small. Throughout his imprisonment Mandela had several opportunities to be released, if he would only admit to his false charges. He did not. He was unconquered. He knew his truth and stood in it. He was a man of great conviction.
Strategy #2 Pondering: How often do you stand, unwavering in your truth? Do you take on customers or clients that you know you shouldn’t? Do you allow yourself to be distracted by bright shiny things instead of staying on task? Do you whole-heartedly step into your “YES!” of what you are here to do? Do you step into your “YES!” consistently? I really understand the challenges of it not being so easy to live into such a grand “YES!” I get stung by this more often than I’d like to admit; yet, admitting it seems to help me step into it a little more… step by step – one foot at a time. What about you?
BUSINESS STRATEGY #3: MASTERY
Nelson Mandela, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
Well, when one is unconquered one is the master of their fate. This is rather obvious isn’t it? Some of Mandela’s strategies were sheer genius! He honored people right where they were at, in each moment; yet, he held a more expansive vision for them than they could see at the time. By corralling all his possible resources to support his vision, he was able to actualize it. He didn’t do all the work himself, but he spent a great deal of energy holding the vision – the steering wheel of being an outstanding captain of his ship or soul. Not only for him personally, but for a whole country. Mandela was a fine example for all of humanity!
Strategy #3 Pondering: How do you “show up” each day? Are you steering your life? What about your business? Who’s at the helm? For over 5 years now, I have been listening to people blame the economy or politics for their less than favorable circumstances. It’s actually disappointing to still hear such things! Each one of us has the opportunity to create our destiny or shape our fate into something grand. Each one of us, each day, receives this invitation when we wake up.
How are you showing up for your business or career? Are you steering your actions to support the direction you chose? Are you making good choices to support your vision?
Take a moment to stifle this coach’s curiosity… Please share which strategies offer you the greatest impact? 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!