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Leadership & Pop Culture

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Mya Rushton

on 29 August 2015

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Transcript of Leadership & Pop Culture

Bet you didn’t know…

Leadership & Pop Culture
Leadership: It’s spreading like a zombie apocalypse
Pop culture: the ideas of the mainstream. Heavily influenced by media. It is often viewed &
dumbed-down & trivial

We like happy endings and lessons to our stories and Hollywood has made it a point to stick with what works while adding a little flare. Who knew teamwork, group dynamics, relationship and communication skills and leadership could be found on TV everyday? Leaders are lurking in the most unsuspecting places…

Dirty Pop...Somebody please get this reference
As leadership educators, the foremost goal is to have students take theoretical knowledge we provide in training and apply it to their own “real world” experience. Popular culture mediums create a way for learners to associate theories with a greater sense of reality (Champoux, 1999).



1. a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.

2. an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief: His story of being a millionaire is just a fairy tale
Some Old School Lessons, tale as old as time...
Teambuilding: Larger Than Life
Being part of a team that is built correctly helps to create a feeling of being part of something larger. (relationships kiddies, relationships)

This also means understanding and working towards the mission or objectives of an organization.

Team: A group of people that work together to complete a task in many situations.

Now make a list of famous teams
Any Of These Look Familiar?
The A Team
Easy Example of a Boring Model
To face a global threat, Nick Fury, director of international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., assembles a group of superheroes in the hope they can work together. ‘These people may be isolated, unbalanced even,’ he tells his superiors, ‘but I believe with the right push they can be exactly what we need’.
Assembling any team from scratch is not easy, let alone a group of unbalanced superheroes with large egos and psychological issues. Most teams go through a similar process of team bonding and the Avengers are no different, largely following the Forming Storming Norming Performing team development model coined by Bruce Tuckman.

Forming-the coming together as a team and getting to know each other. The characters were very reluctant. Hulk-wants to be left alone. Stark-distrustful. Any similarities to your experiences?

Storming-the clashing of personalities, competition. Stark’s attitude and sarcasm. What have you seen?

Norming-the storm cloud passes. Seeing the talents in others, start working together. Ringing any bells?

Performing-working towards the common goal, if one looks good you all look good. Mya and Tyler kick back and let you run with it. Are we there yet?

Adjourning-We can peace out and come back like we never left. Mission accomplished, but there’s always a new challenge to tackle. Role change. Alumni status…woot woot!

Team Development Model, Of Course There's A Model
The Avengers
Remember the Titans
Now Let's Talk About Those Leaders On Those Teams
Simon Sineck
So What Is A Leader?
Go Ahead Make A List, You've Done This 1,000 Times
Do You Believe In The Power Of ONE? Can YOU Change The World?
YOU Must Say and Do the Things You Actually Believe. They Are Symbols of Who You Are. Then people can find us! They find the people who believe what they believe. They become part of the their community and create social ties.
Simon Would Say...
Do You Know These Types Of People?
It is time to elect the world leader, and yours is the deciding vote. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A: He associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologers. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks up to ten Martinis a day.

Candidate B: He was ejected from office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks large amounts of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extra-marital affairs.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Manipulate or Inspire?
Candidate A ... is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B ... is Winston Churchill
Candidate C ... is Adolph Hitler

Bring Forth The Rhythm & The Rhyme
Billy Joel-And So It Goes
Katy Perry-Firework
Taylor Swift-Mean
Carrie Underwood-Blown Away
Beatles-In My Life
John Lennon-Give Peace A Chance
Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit
Eminem-Love the Way You Lie
Justin Timberlake-Mirrors
Bob Dylan-Hurricane

What Have We Learned?
Do You Believe Us?
Here's the thing...leadership theory is everywhere. You already know it. Frankly I have no purpose.
Things I'm sure of, because I've been on the planet longer than you.

Relationships matter
Relationships, particularly love, drives us yep I said the "L" word
People first, then animals, then everything else
Trust me...history has told you this before.
Here's Where they trick you in the movies...
Mya R. Rushton
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