The Little Red Riding Hood / Charles Perrault


“The Little Red Riding Hood” is a timeless fable that provides valuable insights into effective management practices, such as experience, results-driven approach, and intelligent decision-making.

The main character, Little Red Riding Hood, represents an inexperienced young person, while the wolf embodies an experienced and goal-oriented manager. The wolf has a clear goal and vision of staying safe and increasing his food supply. He achieves his goal through intelligent management practices, such as identifying potential threats, delaying his impulses, and collecting information to identify opportunities.

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Death of a Salesman / Arthur Miller


Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a thought-provoking work that encourages us to reflect on various themes, one of which is the importance of confronting reality and making necessary adjustments. The Loman family depicted in the play refuses to accept the truth and instead lives in a world of illusions. They present themselves as something they are not and create a false facade of happiness, success, and contentment. However, when one looks beneath the surface, they find disappointment and failure.

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Julius Caesar / Shakespeare

julius-caesarShakespeare’s Julius Caesar offers a valuable lesson about the importance of predicting the future. Throughout classical works, there is often a soothsayer who provides insight into the future, and there are various signs that suggest the prophecy may come true. In Julius Caesar, for instance, a soothsayer warns Caesar of “the Ides of March” in the first act, and later Caesar’s wife Calpurnia shares her concerns about his potential assassination due to a nightmare she had. Despite these warnings, Caesar does not take them seriously, and he meets a tragic end. Likewise, other characters in the play, including Brutus and Cassius, fail to predict the consequences of their actions. Continue reading

Antigone / Sophocles

antigoneAntigone, a play written by Sophocles, is a remarkable example of leadership that is not often discussed in management textbooks. While most leadership examples come from assigned leaders such as CEOs or departmental managers, leadership often starts with rebellion from someone who is not in a position of authority. Antigone, the titular character of the play, serves as a prime example of an informal leader who challenges authority.
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Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe


The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe explores the theme of change and the difficulties of adaptation that come with it. The protagonist, Okonkwo, experiences two different phases of change. The first phase is his exile to his wife’s village for seven years. This change involves moving to a new place, where he loses his power and has to learn the rules and norms of the new village. Okonkwo copes well with this change because he knows the reasons, potential results, and the length of his stay in the new place. Knowing the framework of the change helps him to adapt.


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A Decisive Decade / Robert B McKersie and James R Ralph Jr. Jr.


To foster creativity in the workplace, it’s essential to embrace diversity. A business thrives on new ideas and innovative approaches, which can only come from a team made up of individuals with different backgrounds and ethnicities. Historically, the American workforce lacked diversity, and most white-collar positions were filled exclusively by white individuals. The civil rights movement in the 1960s helped break down the barriers that had kept black people out of white-collar jobs. While there are still many challenges to overcome, progress has been made, and people from all ethnic origins are now contributing to the workforce in a variety of capacities.


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Gandhi / Director Richard Attenborough


The question of whether leaders are born or made is a subject of debate, but the life of Gandhi provides a clear answer: leaders are made. Gandhi was an ordinary lawyer at the beginning of his life, but the incidents he experienced helped him to find his purpose. One such incident was his humiliation and discrimination in the first-class section of a train in South Africa, which spurred him to fight for a cause.


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The Guest / Albert Camus


The Guest, by Albert Camus, is a thought-provoking story that encourages us to think about making wise choices with a free mind. The protagonist, Daru, is an isolated teacher who lives on a plateau, teaching irrelevant French geography to Algerian students in North Africa in the midst of war. One day, he is tasked with delivering a supposed criminal to a police station two hours away. The gendarme forces him to complete this strange task by using the excuse of war.


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Billy Budd / Herman Melville

billy_budd_coverMelville’s Billy Budd is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the importance of making objective and fair decisions. In the story, the captain of the Bellipotent is faced with a difficult decision after sailor Billy Budd is accused of killing John Claggart, the master-at-arms. As a witness to the incident, Captain Vere knows that it was an accident and that Billy Budd did not intend to kill Claggart. However, he must make a decision about how to handle the situation.
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Chariots of Fire / Director Hugh Hudson

chariots-of-fireChariots of Fire is an excellent example of the importance of sticking to one’s values, principles, and mission. The movie portrays the story of two athletes who do not run for selfish reasons like money or fame. One of them runs to honor God, be an exemplary man, a devoted Christian, and a successful athlete. The other runs to break down prejudices against Jewish people. Despite facing significant elitist pressure, both athletes remain unwavering in their convictions.
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