Leslie Knope on Energy

I am always struck by Leslie Knope’s work ethic. It’s not a motivation to get promoted or earn more money, it’s her determination to make…

Metallica on Brainstorming

The process of making a movie can be overwhelming. Just ask the band members of Metallica. For years they were interested in making a movie…

Debbie Downer on Positivity

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting with someone who seems unable to say anything supportive, constructive, or uplifting? Any chance you’re the overly…

Sam Phillips on Innovation

In the 1950s, a music fad called “rock ‘n roll” swept the nation. At the forefront of this revolution was Sam Phillips, a record producer…

Jason Reitman on Resilience

When’s the last time you had to make a difficult decision? As leaders, we do this every day. The choices are not always clear cut…