Why business is like... A Tarantino movie

When Quentin Tarantino released Reservoir Dogs in 1992, the new director scored a smash hit, full of razor-sharp dialogue, clever chronology and bloody violence.

by Jennifer Harris, director of JRBH Strategy & Management, www.jrbh.co.uk

It was a rich formula: every one of his later successes, from Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown to Kill Bill, would come from the same mould as his first production.

And, of course, he spawned imitators. Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was built on similar themes, with an added mockney twist. Like Tarantino, Ritchie stayed true to the formula. His second film, Snatch, felt more like a sequel to the first than a work in its own right.

In the business world, countless pioneers have struck a workable seam and exploited it. McDonald's, for example, introduced its 'Speedee Service System' as long ago as 1948, establishing principles now taken for granted by every fast-food restaurant the world over.

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