With the New Year and exams on the horizon, most of my focus has been on revision, and I sometimes worry that I’m not doing enough, regardless of how much I actually do. I think that this is pretty normal for most people. But it’s important to be able to switch off after studies or work in general. I find that one of the best ways to relax in the evening is to watch a good film, so in this blog post, I’ll recommend some of my favourite ‘management films’.
1. Office Space (1999)
This satirical comedy is one of my favourite films of all time. Without giving too much away, it’s about a disaffected employee called Peter who works for a monotonous corporation. He is fed up with the tedium of his job, against a climate of fear of layoffs. During a hypnosis therapy session, his therapist collapses from a cardiac arrest, which renders Peter into a constant apathetic, dazed state. As a result, he is seen as being ‘A straight-shooter with upper-management written all over him’ by the consultants who were brought in to fire some of the workers.
Management Key Words: Motivation, Organisational Behaviour, Culture
2. 12 Angry Men (1957)
This classic film starring Henry Fonda is about the group dynamics of a jury in an apparent open-and-shut case of murder, in which one of the jurors – played by Henry Fonda – is not convinced of the suspects’ guilt, much to the anger of the other jurors, given that they must reach a unanimous decision. One by one, through his calm and reasonable demeanour, Fonda persuades the rest of the jury that there is more to the picture than meets the eye.
Management Key Words: Emotional Intelligence, Groupthink
3. Apollo 13 (1995)
This film depicts NASA’s Apollo 13 lunar landing mission, in which the space crew must work together and with the ground control to find a solution to a massive mechanical failure that jeopardises the astronauts’ lives. It sports a great cast of actors, including Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris.
Management Key Words: Teamwork
This selection of films provides a great way to take a break and to forget about revision, for a while.