Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What Leaders Can Learn From TV?

HR World Editors posted a fine article discussing management skills and the TV show "Lost". Here are several excerpts from that feature:

10 Things Every Manager Should Learn from "LOST"
By HR World Editors on May 15, 2008

An island full of plane-crash survivors and mystery might not strike you as the best place to learn management lessons, but the fact is that "LOST" has much to teach about leadership. A great deal of the story focuses on the struggle between leaders and their groups, and how the choices they make impact the entire island. Read on to find out what you can learn from "LOST," and how you can apply these lessons to your own management skills.

Make Alliances.

The survivors of "LOST" have found much help from outside sources by forming alliances. Sayid's relationship with Rousseau has been particularly helpful, as she's been the group's native guide to the island in many episodes. Even Michael, in a bloody and roundabout way, has worked with Ben to help protect the people on the island.

These sort of relationships can be translated into a management setting in the form of knowledge-sharing between departments, such as cross training. The bonds created by forming alliances between groups can prove useful when your team needs help.

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