When I was a child, I would often dream of being in the movies, not as an actor, but as a director (or at least someone on that side of the camera). I was always obsessed with how so many moving pieces could all come together in such harmony and form this amazing piece of art.
I grew up in the era of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, and so many other amazing directors. It was the age of the Hollywood Blockbusters. These Hollywood Blockbusters were considered the best films, and if you think about it, the reason why was because of their ROI or return on investment. Star Wars cost several hundred million dollars to make back in the 70’s but has made more than 3 billion dollars worldwide.
As much as the consumer, or viewer, saw art and creativity on screen, what made these directors successful was their ability to create an incredible Return On Investment. They were mostly running a very successful, creative, business.
Good Business = Good Movie
Although I dreamed of being in the movies, I was always in business. I grew up managing a few businesses; movie theaters, fitness centers, restaurants, online training, etc. What I have always loved about businesses is that there is that same team mentality involved.
There is always the executive producer (the investor), the director (manager), and the actors (the workers). And then there is the script (business plan), which the whole team tries to follow but often must deviate from due to unforeseen circumstances.
My point is that a good business is really like a good movie. There are a surprising amount of moving pieces, and they all need to be operating with a collective mindset that allows for the smooth completion of a common goal or objective. There are the same role players in movies as there are in business.
However, something people don’t often associate with companies is the level of creativity that is also involved. Even in the most tedious business, there is that X-factor or that intangible element that allows it to succeed.That comes from finding a creative, competitive advantage that separates your business from all of its competitors. It takes creativity,
This took place from finding a creative, competitive edge that separates your business from all of its competitors. It takes creativity, imagination, and improvisation to find a way to succeed. In its way, business is an art form.