Movies for business storytelling

by shawndcallahan | created - 9 months ago | updated - 9 months ago | Public

These movies have a scene or storyline that you could tell at work or in a presentation to make a business point

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1. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 158,998 | Gross: $169.61M

Dorothy Vaughn sees the threat of IBM computers to take her job and proactively learns fortran to lead the computer programmers at NASA.

Al Harrison (a composite character), head of the NASA Space Task Force, discovers his employee, Katherine Johnson is forced to walk ½ mile to go to the coloured bathrooms so he personally destroys the coloured bathroom sign with a sledgehammer (symbolic act) - "we all pee the same colour here at NASA"

2. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 317,852 | Gross: $75.61M

Great example of how to tackle unconscious bias. The talent scouts couldn’t see the potential because of the bias they harboured (he’s clean cut and has a good face, he has an ugly girlfriend. It means no confidence). So the general manager Billy Beam teams up with Yale economist graduate Peter Brand and selected players based on their stats, on whether they could get on base. That was their main indicator of success. So they reconfigured but still they failed. Culture was not right. Culminated in Billy Beam finding the players partying after a loss. He goes ballistic. Then cuts the instigators and more importantly starts to spend time with players. They start giving them feedback based on the figures and also instilling some simple rules like no stealing bases, no bunting, and get on base. Gets one of the older player to act like a leader. The then have a 20-game winning streak, which is unprecedented, especially for a club that spent so little on their players.

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