7 Management lessons to learn from Neal Caffrey:

White Collar showcases Neal Caffrey as a consultant who helps FBI with his expert knowledge on forgery and cons in return of his reduced sentence and not staying in the jail. But how Neal does that steals the show and makes us fan of his magnetic personality. Following are few management lessons we can take from famous Neal Caffrey:

 

Lesson 1: Style

Neal Caffrey is all about style. He is simply classy and he has a habit of doing all things in style. Be it wearing a hat or him solving a case. In our day to day life also, we must never underestimate the importance of that style. The kind of style Neal has, sends positive vibes which make an important impact on the other person even before you start speaking. To add to his charm, Neal is always dressed like a perfect gentleman. His tie, his suit, everything is perfectly selected.

 

Lesson 2: Always keep a smile on your face

Neal has a smile which nicely compliments his style. Smile is that curve which puts everything straight. We all should also keep a smile on our face. It has a soothing effect and an aura of its own. A smiling face has much better impact on your co-workers and subordinates. It makes you more approachable as well.

 

Lesson 3: Try bending the rules before breaking them

Neal sends clear message that sometimes, it is good to be a little bad. We might not agree and imitate him but we can certainly learn one thing that it is better to bend the rules than breaking them. Neal makes it a point to try to be within the law and outwit the other criminals.

 

Lesson 4: Never reveal everything you know

There are hardly occasions when Neal reveals the complete plan and everything he knows. He will always have one up his sleeve. It always pays him off. In management as well, it is advisable to keep something unrevealed which can be later used as a trump card!

 

Lesson 5: We must keep a friend like Mozzie

The best portrayal of best friend is done by Mozzie. First of all he is an expert in his own way. Second, he is fiercely loyal to Neal. That is all you require in a best friend. Someone who can solve any and all problems of your life and support you throughout along with remaining loyal to you in all conditions. We all need a mozzie.

 

Lesson 6: Improvise, Improvise and more improvise

As Neal says there is always another way. Something like Plan B. Is there any episode where things go all the way as per Neal and Peter’s plan? I guess not. Always there are some hiccups or new variables introduced or something or the other. But our Mr. Classy just does not budge. He deals in the same stylish way as if it was part of the plan. This is what is of the utmost importance in management. We call this crisis management. You face something which you have not prepared at all. How to tackle such situations; that is what we can learn from Neal.

 

Lesson 7: Happy ending depends on where you end your story

This is what actually Mozzie says but Neal lives it. The ending of white collar in particular concurs with the above dialogue. In life also, you are the author of your novel. Happy ending most certainly depends on where you end your story.

 

If this motivates you to watch white collar, enjoy 6 fabulous white collar seasons. Sometimes, it is good to be a little bad!

 

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9 Management lessons to learn from Albus Dumbledore:

We all have thought of what if Hogwarts sent us letters and we didn’t receive it! We all have fantasized million times what it would feel to be in Hogwarts. Albus Dumbledore is the kind of principal everyone wants in their school. I have listed few lessons I learnt from him which can help us in management:

 

Lesson 1: Curiosity is not bad. But we should exercise caution

When Harry goes inside a memory through pensieve (Tool to watch memories from past) which was new to him, Dumbledore asks him to tread with caution. Dumbledore believes curiosity is fine as long as you use caution. In life also, we try new things and venture in unknown paths. It is not bad to do so but proper caution has to be exercised.

 

Lesson 2: Memories are important

Dumbledore possesses a device known as pensieve to watch and learn from past memories. He learns many things about Voldemort through his past memories. He even learns many other things from it. We all cannot possess pensieve but we certainly can keep a diary or a log to back-trace and do retrospective analysis of few significant events.

 

Lesson 3: Do not pity the dead. Pity the living and above all those who live without love

When Harry was worried about all his dead friends and family, Dumbledore teaches him that it is the living, he should be showing pity. In life also, we should pity the ones around us especially the deprived ones.

 

Lesson 4: It is our choices that define us far more than our abilities

Dumbledore tells Harry that it does not matter if he possesses skills like Voldemort. Sorting hat grouped him in Gryffindor and not Slytherin because of his choice. It is our choice that defines us. In any organization, talent just guarantees you entrance. Your rise in any organization will depend only on your choice and hard-work. If you choose to sit idle, you won’t rise irrespective of your talent.

 

Lesson 5: It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be

Dumbledore believes that even Muggle born and half blood children have equal opportunities to excel in magic. Similarly in life, people can excel starting from the bottom. There are countless examples of people starting from the scratch. These people may have poor family at the time of birth but they make it a point to make a better future.

 

Lesson 6: Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury and remedying it

As they say, pen is mightier than sword, Dumbledore advocates the same philosophy stating that words can create and solve any problems. Most of the problems of our organization and life occur because of lack of proper words and most problems are solved by selecting them wisely.

 

Lesson 7: Admit if and when you are wrong with sportsmanship

Dumbledore states that people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. It is difficult for us even in our personal and professional relationships to accept when we are wrong. We find it more comfortable to forgive others when they are wrong. Dumbledore advises us to do the same when we are wrong and accept it gracefully as well.

 

Lesson 8: Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the lights

There is always light at the end of tunnel. Dumbledore says to all the students that we may be in tough times now but even in the darkest of times, one can attain happiness if they turn on the lights and see good thing. To bring the positive in every situation would help even in the worst of the situation.

 

Lesson 9: It does no good to dwell on dreams and forget to live

We all have our own versions of “Mirror of Erised” (showing our deepest desires coming true). But as Dumbledore cautions Harry that it does no good to dwell on the dreams and forgetting to live the real life. It is the real life which we need to focus on.

 

Hope it brought along with management lessons, lots of nostalgic memories of past as well!

 

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7 Management Lessons to learn from Master Yoda

Star wars has been a world for a million of fans. Master Yoda is someone who is smart, kind, rational, strong and really cool. Following are few of the management lessons I learnt from him:

 

Lesson 1: Believe in yourself

After a lot of failed attempts, Luke gets frustrated.

Luke: “I can’t believe it.”

Master Yoda: “That is why you fail.”

Master Yoda here clearly states that believing is the first part of any action. Unless you believe that you can do it, you most certainly would not be able to do it. Belief makes many difficult things possible. Visualize yourself being the success you want and then make efforts for it. Do not doubt yourself even for a moment.

 

Lesson 2: Respect everyone’s opinion

There was an incident when Obi wan brought an issue of missing location. Master Yoda was teaching children and he asked them. They innocently replied that someone might have erased them. Yoda respects everyone’s opinion and knows even children can have answers to sophisticated questions. Yoda believes in simplicity and never underestimates anyone.

 

Lesson 3: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose

Doubt and fear have killed more dreams than anyone else. Learn to let go. The less attachments you have, easier it would be for you. When you have nothing to lose, you can work with full risks and with faith in oneself.

 

Lesson 4: Fear is the path to dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering

Yoda describes fear and its consequences in the most philosophical way. Yoda describes fear as very dark and origin of all bad things. Yoda believes fear will lead to anger. Those who have nothing to be afraid of usually stay calm. Once you are angry, it would be hard to be happy. Hence it would cause hate which would eventually lead to suffering. So follow master Yoda and be fearless.

 

Lesson 5: Do not judge a book by its cover

Master Yoda: “Judge me by my size. Do you?”

Master Yoda is ultimate example of this lesson. He is so dwarf and looks weak as well but we all know what he can do with his force and a light saber. We may meet people similar to yoda who do not look highly polished and strong. But we never know who can be what. Hence we must always remember that we should never judge a book by its cover.

 

Lesson 6: Wars do not make anyone great

Luke goes to Yoda’s planet to seek great warrior. Master Yoda tells him that wars do not make anyone great. Aggressiveness and anger always backfires. Anger and hatred can never yield positive results. Force should not be used for attack. It should be used for knowledge and defense. Yoda does not believe that fighting in war makes someone great. He believes in greater wisdom. It should be noted that Yoda is neither scared nor weak. He is one of the most powerful person alive yet he is so humble and wise.

 

Lesson 7: Do or do not. There is no try

When master Yoda gives Luke a task, Luke replies that he will try to do it. At this point master Yoda gives him the ultimate wisdom lesson that Do or do not. There is no try. Master Yoda means that either you do something or you do not do something. There is no point in halfhearted attempts. How often have we heard this phrase: “I will try.” More often than not, they do not do it. This is precisely why Yoda say that either you do something or you don’t. Keep your mindset clear from the beginning itself. If you go in with any doubts, it would not work.

 

These are the management lessons we can learn from master Yoda. May the force be with you!

 

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9 Management Lessons to learn from Harvey Specter

 

This is the first article for the blog and I don’t think there could be any other show or any other personality on whom I had rather written.
Suits is basically a television series on law. But Harvey specter teaches us everything there is to learn regarding management. He is a class apart. Any episode of suit would teach you something or other. Following are few of the management lessons I learnt from him:

Lesson 1:  Dress well

The first thing to learn about Harvey Specter is the way he carries himself. It starts with the way he dresses himself. His 3 piece suit, his 200$ haircut, shows how much he cares about his image. He carries a classy personality; the way he talks with client in dominant yet convincing way. He believes his dressing is very important in generating good image to his clients.

Lesson 2: Be Confident

The one thing that separates him from others is his confidence. Harvey specter is confidence, confidence and confidence. He is a Harvard law student but values people who can think fast on their feet and who have real aptitude for knowledge and not the Harvard students which is why he picks up Mike Ross (a high school dropout) as his protégé. He is confident on each and every step he takes. Harvey is bold and willing to go out of the box. In fact he is one of those guys who does not know that a box exists either.

 

Lesson 3: Possess knowledge before showing off

Harvey shows off too much. But he has a skill set which backs his attitude. He is very knowledgeable in legal matters. He has excellent subject knowledge, good work ethic and very good lawyer skills.

 

Lesson 4: First impressions last long

Once he explains to Mike that when he got in office in his early days, he would work 50 to 100 hours a day. Now no matter at what time he comes and goes, nobody cares showing significance of first impressions. He had created excellent reputation when he joined the organization. This is what every fresher should do.

 

Lesson 5: Be loyal

Another thing Harvey teaches us is loyalty. Loyalty is not only for your seniors but also your juniors. The way he backs Mike Ross when his boss Jessica finds that Mike is a dropout and hence fraud employee. He makes it clear that if Mike is fired, he would leave as well. This is how you should value your performing and loyal resources. Same way, he is also loyal to Jessica and respects her.

 

Lesson 6: Be tough but fair

He pretends he is not about caring, he is only about winning. But as series goes on, we realize he is a fair person; tough but fair. It is necessary in life to be tough at times.

 

Lesson 7: Build professional contacts

Another important thing to learn from Harvey is to make contacts and more importantly to make them owe you a favor. Harvey used to earlier work in District Attorney’s office and throughout his career progress, he helped a lot of people and somehow always is in a comfortable position where he can demand a favor from others just because they owed him.

 

Lesson 8: Don’t play the odds. Play the man

Harvey knows that the key to winning a battle is winning the mind game first. He always looks to rattle the opponent with his confident moves.More often than not, he is extremely successful in getting an out of court settlement for his clients of their choice.

 

Lesson 9:Winners do not make excuses when the other side plays the game. Excuses don’t win you championships.

Harvey is crystal clear in his thought patterns and believes in giving all his effort to win the cases. Harvey does not believe in excuses. He believes that if one works hard with full dedication, problem will be solved.

 

Word of caution:

Watching suits is addictive and usually person starting the first episode end up watching it all night. I watched it first on the day before my exams and since then I have recommended suits to lot of friends, all of which have watched it and enjoyed it a lot.
Harvey Specter is a management guru in himself.

 

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