Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on five young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley. This comedy illustrates the startup world much better than some graduate courses on venture capital.
Each episode of Silicon Valley could be used as a case study for different discussions from intellectual property to the stockholder, from the role of a CEO to money-making methods of a startup.
The characters in the show are not very well-developed, but business stories are very intimidating, and you never think you are missing something. I really want to watch whole four seasons to think about each episode to be able to use them in my classes.
The Star Wars Saga has been a rich source of inspiration to extract life lessons. J.J. Abrams’ The Power Awakens also contains some unique life lessons.
The first lesson: The life is a constant struggle, so be prepared for the next challenge.
The stage of success is temporary and the forerunner of a new challenge. At the end of the Star Wars VI, Luke Skywalker kills the emperor and a period of peace and tranquility begins in the galaxy.
Masayuki Suo’s film-Shall We Dance shows the importance of breaking the routines in business and life. The main character in the film-Sugiyama is an ordinary accountant who has a routine and boring life. Every day he goes to work from the same path by using the same train, same bike, and at the same time. The only glimpse of hope to break his routine is the mysterious, beautiful young lady standing at the window of the dance school. Continue reading
The Little Red Riding Hood is an interesting material to have some inspiration on various of aspects of management.
The wolf is the protagonist of the story and wolf resembles of an effective manager.
First, he has a clear vision: “Eat as much as you can and survive.”
He is excellent at intelligence management. While he is among the woods, he notices the woodcutters and accesses them as a potential threat, and tries to stay away from them. Continue reading
Death of a Salesman is an inspirational work that makes us think in several different ways; my personal preference is thinking about confronting reality and making adjustments. The members of the Loman family in the play, don’t accept the reality, and their life is like a fake film stage. What we see, hear, or read is beautiful, but when we check what is behind it, a disappointment waits for us. Continue reading
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar gives important clues about forecasting the future. Most of the classical works have a figure of soothsayer, and there are different signs that imply that the prophecy might be true. In Shakespeare’s play, in the first act a soothsayer warns Caesar about “the Ides of March”, and later Julius Caesar’s wife Calpurnia tells her worries about him because of her nightmare about his assassin. Continue reading
Sophocles’ Antigone is a quite interesting example of leadership. In books about leadership, the acts of leadership are generally described from the point of view of an assigned leader like a CEO, a general manager or a departmental manager. But in real life usually, leadership starts with a rebellion of a person who is not in the position of authority. The leader is a rising star who breaks the law or challenges the tradition or authority. Continue reading
Things Fall Apart is a novel that makes us think about the change and adaptive difficulties that comes with it.
The protagonist of the novel Okonkwo passes two different change phases. The first phase of change in Okonkwo’s life is his exile in his wife’s village for seven years. Continue reading
The business needs creativity, and the source of creativity is diversity in the workplace. People with different backgrounds and ethnicities are sources creativity, new ideas, and innovation. Continue reading
Are leaders born or made? The life of Gandhi is an answer to the question. The leaders are made. The Gandhi was an ordinary lawyer at the beginning. But the incidents that he lived helped him to find his purpose of life. At the famous film of Richard Attenborough the first incident is the problem of travelling in the first class section as a colored man on a train in South Africa. Continue reading