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September 9, 2013 / michealsays

Management Lessons from Now You See Me


Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horseman, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Vargas of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see.
The interesting story leaves us with 4 gems of wisdom that can be easily be applied to the corporate world.

Value based Leadership:
The foremost lesson that the movie leaves us with is the differentiation between RIGHT and WRONG.
The RIGHT thing to do will often take a longer turn around time, more efforts and more preparation, but will give exponential returns. The WRONG thing will be easier to do and will fetch quick returns, but in the long run will be a loss.
The downfall of Thaddeus Bradley(Morgan Freeman), Arthur Tressler (Micheal Caine) and the success of The Eye, lays emphasis on having the initiative based on a strong foundation of values that are moral and ethical.
“Leadership that has its roots in values that are ethical and moral will not fail.On the other hand anything that is based out of unethical value-set is simply poised for failure. “

3 P success mantra: Preparation, Preparation,Preparation:
The crucial lesson in the movie is that preparation is the key to success of any initiative.
The sheer planning, designing and preparation that the characters have spent on each of their activity, no matter how small, is amazing. The secret to magic tricks, as visible in the story, is also preparation. Identifying and analyzing every step of the plan is of paramount importance.
The success of the magic tricks, heists and the grand plan all are attributed to the sheer planning and preparation by the characters of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg),Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson),Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) & Jack Wilder (Dave Franco).

“The devil lies in the details. Identify,analyze, mitigate, plan and prepare of as many devils as you possibly can to ensure success.”

The age old lesson of how team work can ensure he success of any endeavor is brilliantly displayed in the movie.
Teamwork may mean one person,Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), doing something which is very risky or very mundane, but doing it with dedication for the benefit of the team is what can raise the possibility of success. Picking out such people who can work as a team is thus also very important.
The success of the grand plan all are attributed to selfless work by the team members.
“Alone I can change myself, together we can change the world.Unity is not just a strength but a force multiplier.”

Strategic Vision
While the attention to detail is very important to execution of any idea or plan, the strategic focus of the plan is also very crucial.
The strategic, long termed vision can often help develop a plan which is a success not just in the current context but also in the context that will evolve with time. The bird’s eye or holistic view can often distinguish between what is sustainable and what only seems sustainable.
The EYE, and its values were had the strategic orientation to ensure that the society that they were building would stand the test of time.
” The closer you look, the lesser you see.”

Please feel free to add your observations in the comments. Cheers!!!


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