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Christmas with the Kranks: Brilliant Breakthroughs Biz Movie Review

Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Movie

Brilliant Breakthroughs Business Movie Reviews Share
Business Strategies via watching Movies…
Does it get any better than this?

What can the movie, “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004)
teach us about the business strategies:
Teamwork, Tradition, & Doing the Right Thing?

Christmas with the Kranks movie poster of Mr Krank tied up in christmas lights and hanging upside down
Business Strategies: Christmas with the Kranks

Brilliant Breakthroughs Business Movie Reviews emerged because movies are a great way to be inspired and/or learn from a fresh perspective! Typically, I share if the movie isn’t G or PG Rated so you may discern whether a movie is appropriate for family viewing or not. This movie is a family “PG” movie and one that is more realistic as to our humanness.

“Christmas with the Kranks” is a pretty good movie without the sugary sweet storyline we see so often. The Kranks daughter leaves for the Peace Corps before Thanksgiving. Mrs. Krank misses her daughter and starts putting her efforts into their family’s big Christmas Eve Party for all the families in the neighborhood. Then, Mr. Krank, who is an accountant tallies how much the family spends on Christmas and comes up with a very different alternative since their daughter won’t be with them. The movie focuses on what happens when one declares, “We aren’t doing Christmas this year.” Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are great talent and really deliver on this one! Watch this with the family – there’s plenty of great lessons to discuss … Merry Christmas to your family!

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS” BUSINESS MOVIE REVIEW:
BUSINESS STRATEGY #1: TEAMWORK
It takes a whole team, or neighborhood, to win

When Christmas plans change again for the Kranks, they need to ask their neighbors to assist them. This brings up all the different personalities: helpful, doubtful, resenting, reluctant, and supporting neighbors show up here. What happens is a Christmas miracle with several twists to keep you guessing how this is actually going to play out. Eventhough this has a predictable ending, how it gets to a warm fuzzy moment keeps you intrigued. Yet, with the very unusual and creative assistance of neighbors, there is a big win!

Strategy #1: Teamwork
How often do you wait until it’s almost too late before you ask for the help you need? When you do enroll a team, do you give enough direction and creative license to your teammates?

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS” BUSINESS MOVIE REVIEW:
BUSINESS STRATEGY #2: TRADITION
The glue that bonds us together

The Kranks traditional Christmas Eve Party is an expectation. Preserving tradition unifies people. Everyone feels part of a contribution. When the Kranks took that away from their neighbors, the push-back wasn’t too pretty. If your heart isn’t into the traditional event, it may be a good idea to mix it up a bit or do something different to see if it’s run it’s course or it really is meaningful to everyone.

Strategy #2: Tradition
Is your tradition still serving what your initial intentions was when it was created? Are you holding on to a tradition that has really expired? Do you need to tweak a tradition for it to serve more current situations?

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS” BUSINESS MOVIE REVIEW:
BUSINESS STRATEGY #3: DOING THE RIGHT THING
Moving beyond yourself

Selfishness is thriving on our planet. Mr. Krank, and some of his neighbors temporarily demonstrate this well and humorously. Yet, they all move beyond themselves to do the right thing. It’s just like the Grinch’s heart growing. Mr. Krank finds his heart and offers an extremely generous and appropriate Christmas gift. Once he did the right thing, as his neighbors did, he felt the joy of giving.

Strategy #3: Doing the right thing
Do you accept invitations to move beyond your own stuff?  How often do you shift from “what you want” to “what will serve the higher good”?

Take a moment to share… Please share which business strategies of Christmas with the Kranks invites you to explore right now. Take a moment to answer in the comment section. Let’s see how we can serve each other with authentic sharings :)

If you need assistance on any of these business strategies or something else
to help your business shine, please contact me.
I’d be happy to learn if I can assist you!

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p.s. Please click on the Movie Category to see other Brilliant Breakthroughs Business Movie Reviews. At this time we have over 40 to consider. Draft Day teaches us about Patience, Far-sightedness, & Precision. Another movie: The Monuments Men teaches us about Faith, The Arts, & Preservation. I sure hope Christmas with the Kranks will entertain you., warm your heart, and inspire you this Holiday Season.


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  2. Makes me want to see the movie. I wish businesses would be more in the holiday spirit. Very little is done now where I work about the holiday season, since we must be politically correct and not offend anyone.

    Merry Christmas!

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