The film is peppered with cinematic allusions and ironic twists which will deserve a second or even third look, one day. I saw it in 3D (by mistake) which worked fine. But apart from Avatar and Gravity, I have yet to see the point of this screen technology. It is a sumptuous roller coaster movie to be enjoyed with or without small children. Go see it!
There are several leadership themes in the film including ‘be all you can be’, ‘have courage’, ‘make plans’ and ‘know and be at ease with yourself’. But the one I will focus upon is ‘design your future’. And I do this very consciously as I am currently sitting opposite the Design Council about to facilitate a day on Applying Design Principles to the Public Services. (You might ask: what are design principles and ‘design thinking’? Here is a good accessible explanation.)
So, how do leaders design their future? The first thing to do is to commit to the view that the future is not already predetermined: futures should be made not suffered. Secondly, you need to decide what future you want. I often refer to what I call the ‘South Pacific School of Business Management’ and its approach to strategic leadership: ‘if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make that dream come true’. (There is more on this DREAM approach here.)
And thirdly, just like in the movie, you have to know what pieces you have at your disposal. To be a ‘master builder’ (leader), means knowing the capability of the organisation you are leading – not just the current capability but the potential capability as well.
What Lego pieces are in your organisational box?