Leadership lessons from YouTube

Authenticity in business this week. Our teachers: Pulp Fiction, Ernst & Young and Monty Python.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Hard work can be wrecked by even the most innocent mistruth. Even if you’re the king of the Britons and sovereign of all England, you won’t get very far if you’re claiming to have ridden across the land and everyone can see your mate behind you banging together two halves of coconut. A classic scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

When you’re in a tight spot, it helps if your team knows you walk the talk. Especially when your employees don’t like being told what to do. Look at Winston Wolf in Pulp Fiction: never have household cleaning products seemed so dynamic.

And finally, few things in business are less authentic than the corporate song. We can’t help questioning the wisdom of producing lavish musical odes to business behemoths, especially in the age of viral videos. The other question: Can working in professional services really be this joyous?

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