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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