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“Use the Force Luke!”

So far this blog has been based solely on Finding Nemo quotes, which in itself is awesome.  But while on the computer dealing with a technical issue I suddenly realized that at that moment I was channelling my inner ‘Anger’, like from the movie Inside Out and I thought, it’s not just finding Nemo that gives us amazing leadership lessons!  There are tons of them out there. So today I am expanding my scope. 

So to start off.. let's go with the first Star Wars.  No, I don’t mean the newer one with that Jar Jar Binks guy, I mean the original.  If any of you were like me, the first time we met Luke we were wondering “how is this whiny guy going to do anything to save the universe?”  I mean really, his line  "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" That line alone made it hard to have much faith in the guy. 

So here is where we get to the leadership lesson in all of this.  And it is one that is pretty good for life too. You can’t judge a book by it…
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You’re swimming in the great blue. There are only two of you. One with the name of Marlin, and one with the name of Dory. Now Marlin, he’s a cool guy - he’s a leader. BUT, he communicates with authority, he’s very to-the-point, and he’s determined to strive for success…

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1.Swim through the Ring of Fire.

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2. Don’t swim through the Ring of Fire.
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Holding on too tight - not much fun for little Harpo.

“Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”

Marlin: What is going on?! Dory: I'll check! Waaaaaaaaaa... Marlin: No, no more whale, you can't speak whale! Dory: Yes, I can! Marlin: No, you can't! You think you could do these things, but you can't, Nemo! [stops and gasps] Dory: Okay! [lets go] Marlin: Dory! [grabs her] Dory: He says, "It's time to let go". Everything's going to be all right. Marlin: How do you know, how do you know something bad isn't gonna happen?! Dory: I don't!
This scene in Finding Nemo makes a great point... sometimes we hold on so tight that we are actually holding others back.  We make a lot of assumptions on the qualifications of others, and some may be bang on, but what about the assumptions that aren't? How much potential are we missing within our organizations by never letting go enough for our employees to fly?
Perfect example. finding Nemo.  As so…