A week ago Mary Kay and I went to a double-feature – meaning we went to the theater and saw two movies. We usually go to the movies once every 18 months and there were two movies that grabbed our attention. We typically buy the 55-gallon size tub of popcorn and a mammoth Diet Coke. Each comes with a free refill – just enough to get us through two movies.
The first was “Martian” in 3D featuring two of my favorite actors, Jeff Daniels and Matt Damon. I haven’t seen a 3D movie in years. In fact, the last time I saw anything in 3D, I think, was watching “Thriller” with Michael Jackson at Disney World.
What grabbed me was not the movie itself (although we both thoroughly enjoyed it); what grabbed me was the very end of the movie – the credits. One of Mary Kay’s best friends is a sound editor in Hollywood. Because of that we usually find ourselves the last ones to leave the movie theater because we are watching the credits roll.
At the end of the credits were the words “this movie provided 15,000 jobs.” The credits took more than eight minutes to roll. Click here to see all the names of all the people that made this movie possible.
Fifteen thousand jobs—wow! Most people have no idea what it takes to make a movie. Heck, I don’t even know what all of the jobs are when the credits roll—things like gaffer, key grip, data wrangler and about 100 other jobs that are necessary to make a movie.
Yet, it is the movie stars like Damon and Daniels who get the Academy Awards. Think of the pride, though, each one of the 15,000 would have if the movie wins Best Movie. For the rest of their lives they will tell their friends and family that they worked on that movie.
This would probably be somewhat like someone who wears a Super Bowl ring. They wear it with pride because they were part of the team. It doesn’t matter what they did. The ring is the validation.
- Leadership Lesson #1 for this week: Build a team where everyone is proud to be a part of it and tells everyone they know that they are a member of it!
The second movie we watched was “The War Room.” It was recommended to us by David McKinnon, chairman of Service Brands International (SBI)—the company The Dwyer Group purchased a couple months ago. SBI’s three companies purchased were Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman and ProTect Painting. (Mary Kay is now the president of ProTect as well as Five Star Paints.)
Not long ago Mary Kay and I had the opportunity to have dinner with David in Washington, D.C., before 400+ of us went to “The Hill” to talk to our Senators and Congressmen about providing more help for small business owners. After dinner David said we needed to see the movies “McFarland, USA” and “The War Room.” In fact, David made us promise that we would call him as soon as we watched “The War Room.”
“McFarland, USA” is a story about a coach and track team in McFarland, Calif.—a very poor town in the Central Valley of California. It is a true story about what happened when the coach, played by Kevin Costner, moved his family from Boise in the late 80s to be a football coach and, instead, started a high school track team. I love true sports movies. I watched it for the second time while writing this and it was as good the second time as it was the first time.
“The War Room” is still playing in the theaters. This faith-based movie is from the award-winning creators of “Fireproof” and “Courageous” and equally as powerful. One of the reasons The Dwyer Group purchased SBI was the culture that McKinnon helped develop. When Mary Kay and I finished watching the movie the first thing we did was call David and thank him for the recommendation. This movie touched us in so many ways.
- Leadership Lesson #2 this week: Share like David did. If you read, watch or see something that inspires you – SHARE! You may impact someone who will, in turn, pay it forward. We enjoyed two great movies because of David. What another great Leadership lesson.
Have an inspiring week!