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Films on Demand
The Mind of a Leader 1: Lessons in Management from Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince
When Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince it was to further the Medici family in its bid for control of 16th-century Italy—and to win the Medicis’ favor for his own ends. Machiavelli’s targeted strategies for wielding power have been studied ever since. In this 26-part series, praised as “comprehensive and imaginative” by Financial Times, 34 top executives share their thoughts on The Prince as it pertains to business success. Each program focuses on a different management concern, such as organizational change, corporate mergers, and outsourcing, and includes discussion questions and summaries along with its practical advice. Featuring insights and anecdotes from Stan Shih (Acer Inc.), Katie Ford (Ford Models), Jim Buckmaster (Craigslist), and others, The Mind of a Leader 1 concludes that it is possible to create an efficient, dynamic, and humane workplace and still achieve ambitious goals. 26-part series, 26–29 minutes each.
The Mind of a Leader 2: Lessons in Management from Sun Tzu's The Art of War
Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu authored The Art of War more than 2,000 years ago, and his detailed tactical advice has been embraced by triumphant commanders, including Napoleon, Mao Zedong, and Douglas MacArthur, ever since. This 13-part series represents the highlights of hosts Benjamin Holk Henriksen and Fredrik Lassenius’ international leadership project based on The Art of War, in which 24 industry veterans from the fields of business, politics, the arts, sports, criminal justice, philanthropy, and health care were interviewed about the issues raised by Sun Tzu. Each program in the series is based on a chapter from the ancient text and offers proven counsel on management style, employee relations, costs, competition, and more. A fascinating journey inside today’s top organizations, The Mind of a Leader 2 is an outstanding training and development tool for both individual and organizational success. 13-part series, 17–21 minutes each.
General Motors: From Dream to Downfall
Comparisons between General Motors and the Titanic are unfortunate, but inevitable. Confusing luxury with reliability, favoring a bloated status quo over true innovation, and ignoring a host of danger signals, GM finally fell victim to its own errors. This ABC News program studies the economic icebergs that sent the company into bankruptcy—as well as the technological life rafts that could, if properly utilized, save it from oblivion. Outlining the crippled juggernaut’s glory days and its entry into troubled waters during the 1970s and ’80s, the video documents plant closings, the 2008 auto industry bailout, and GM’s struggle to produce viable electric and hybrid vehicles. Guests include Why GM Matters author William Holstein, former presidential car czar Steve Rattner, and former General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson. (41 minutes)
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