The Amazing Spider-Man is just that – Amazing!Â Directed byÂ Marc Webb, this re-boot of the classic franchise is just what theÂ series needed.Â After watching the dreadful Spider-Man 3, this filmÂ is an example to all leaders of floundering organizations how to regain lost momentum.
The following are the leadership principles and quotes from the movie opening today:
- Upgrade Your Team.Â - The first step in regaining lost momentum is to upgrade your people.Â They are the only appreciable assetÂ you have.Â Andrew GarfieldÂ is sensational as Peter Parker.Â As I watched the movie, I kept thinking about what anÂ improvement he was over Tobey Maguire.Â Both Tobey and the series had gotten stale.Â It makes me wonder how many churches and organizations can go to a higher level simply by replacingÂ stale leadership.
- “It was stupid.Â But it was great.”Â - These words were spoken by the young, naive Parker.Â Smart leadersÂ embrace naivety and its potential becauseÂ great things are often birthed there.
- Inconveniences AreÂ Often Pathways To Opportunity. – Parker foundÂ his deceased father’s briefcaseÂ in his family’s basement while working onÂ a broken A/C unit.Â Â What began as an inconvenienceÂ became aÂ catalyst for personal growth.Â Leaders, what opportunities disguised as inconveniences are you currently dealing with?
- “Power must be controlled.”Â - LeadersÂ often forfeitÂ influenceÂ because of greed and hubris.Â Once leaders reach a certain level of success, they must develop increased self-awareness to have sustainable leadership.Â Platforms take a lifetime to build but can be lost at a moment in time.
- “Not choices.Â But responsibility.” -Â Aunt May, played be the wonderful Sally Field,Â spoke this leadership lesson into the life of Peter.Â What Aunt May knowsÂ is as leaders becomeÂ more and more successful,Â they have increased responsibility but far lessÂ options.
- “Be a man!Â Go in there and apologize to your Aunt!” – Great leaders are humble servants.Â TheyÂ can say, “I was wrong.Â I am sorry.”Â Beware of any leader who neverÂ apologizes.
- “Secrets have a cost.Â They’re not for free.”Â - Leaders carry a heavier weight than thoseÂ they serve.Â They often know confidential information that affects the lives ofÂ others.Â Secrets are one of theÂ hidden cost of leadership.
- Leaders Are Often Lonely – Parker struggled through much of the movie.Â No one knew what he was experiencing.Â He was misunderstood.Â His good intentions were misinterpreted.Â And he could not confide in anyone.Â LeadersÂ understand this.
- “People die.Â Even Norman Osborne.” – Steve Jobs passed away earlier this year.Â We all will.Â Leaders should always remember that they will one day be replaced.Â We are merely renters of our positions, not the owners.
- “It’s not about curing ills.Â It is about finding perfection.” – While Dr. Curt Connors, played by Rhys Ifans,Â though misguided,Â had great vision.Â Great leaders refuse to be reducedÂ to a level of mediocrity.Â They deeply desireÂ significance and accomplishment.
- “Every day my father put a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip.Â I never knew if he was comingÂ home.” -Â Â Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone,Â echoed the words of all family members of police officers everywhere.Â I was struck by the burden carried by the families of our civil servants.Â This film remindsÂ us how grateful we should be for our local police.Â In my job, unless something very unforeseen happens, I will be coming home tonight.Â The families of police officers cannot say that.Â IÂ want to join thousands and simplyÂ say, “Thank You for serving and protecting us!”
- Leadership HasÂ A Price And Often Affects Those You Love The Most. -Â I amÂ deeply grateful for the families of pastors as well.Â Whether it is time, privacy, resources, or some other area of your life,Â you have given up much.Â Thank you for sharing your family with us.Â Â It is not taken for granted.
- Serving Others Always Has Benefits. – During the climatic battle scene, Spider-Man needed the help of a series of crane operators to achieve success.Â The crane foreman was the father of a boy Spider-Man rescued earlier in the movie.Â Leaders understand theÂ return on investmentÂ of serving others.
- “You owe the world your gifts.Â You just need to know how to use them.”Â - Here is more wisdom coming from Aunt May andÂ is the rallying cry for all in leadership.Â You are gifted and what you have to offer is desperately needed.Â Don’t hide it!Â But with great giftedness comes great responsibility.Â Use your gifts well.
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