For the CEO of an IT company or those who plan to become a top manager, we recommend a selection of the best films about professional wins, career and business.
They highlighted the impact on the success of the best and worst of human qualities – conservatism and creativity, self-centeredness and ability to recognize their mistakes, tyranny and democracy, the ability to analyze the experience of others and change ourselves.
Films are a good visual guide for acquiring leadership and managerial skills and clearly showcase the manager’s distinctive features.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Genres: Biography | Drama | History
The revolution came when we weren’t looking. It happened in a garage. In a dorm room. In countless hours of effort, imagining and intrigue. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were changing the way the world works, lives and communicates.
The event-packed saga of the quirky visionaries who jump-started the future unfolds with exhilarating, cutting-edge style in Pirates of Silicon Valley. Noah Wyle (ER) portrays Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone) portrays Gates in this chronicle of the fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling personal computer empire.
“The story is almost Shakespearean… it’s a tale of lust, greed, ambition, love and hate,” writer/director Martyn Burke reflects. And it’s a success story unlike any other.
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman have had a dream since they became friends at age fifteen: get rich by developing their own dot com company, in some aspect of computer technology interface. Now in their late twenties, they have now come up with the idea they believe will make their riches, namely as Tom refers to it, “parking tickets”: the company will be the on-line revenue collection interface for municipal governments.
GovWorks.com came into existence in May 1999 with only an idea. The process of building the business focuses on obtaining venture capital based solely on the idea, with the actual mechanics of the website seemingly almost an afterthought, or at least one left primarily to the hired help.
Regardless of the strength of the idea itself in raising this capital, another initial problem they face is what they see as non-commitment by a third partner, Kaleil’s friend. In early 2000, they do manage to go live with their product to what seems to be a promising…
The Social Network (2010)
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
“The Social Network” explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented — through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The result is a drama rife with both creation and destruction; one that audaciously avoids a singular POV, but instead, by tracking dueling narratives, mirrors the clashing truths and constantly morphing social relationships that define our time.
Drawn from multiple sources, the film captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making — and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart.
12 Angry man (1957)
Genres: Crime, Drama
The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father.
What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.
Family man (2016)
As the boss (Willem Dafoe) of a Chicago-based headhunter, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), who works at the Blackridge Recruiting agency arranging jobs for engineers, prepares to retire, Jensen vies to achieve his longtime goal of taking over the company going head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie). However, Dane’s 10-year-old son, Ryan (Max Jenkins), is suddenly diagnosed with cancer and his professional priorities at work and personal priorities at home begin to clash with one another.
The Godfather (1972)
Genres: Crime, Drama
When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen.
The Godfather 2 (1974)
Genres: Crime, Drama
The Godfather II is both a sequel to The Godfather: The Game and an adaptation of The Godfather Part II, where you control a Corleone soldato called Dominic Corleone and become Don after former protagonist Aldo Trapani gets killed. The action takes place across three cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. The game is played from a third person perspective. It also contains some strategy elements, as the player’s character battles rival families and take over businesses to ultimately rule over many cities.
Robert Duvall reprises his role as consigliere Tom Hagen in both voice and likeness as he did in the first game. However, Al Pacino, who played Don Michael Corleone in the film did not provide his likeness or voice and the character of Michael was changed significantly in the game itself. Also, though several actors from the film have died, surviving actors G.D. Spradlin, Carmine Caridi and Danny Aiello do not feature (although Spradlin and Aiello seem to have provided their likenesses). Additionally, Andrew Pifko, Joseph May and Andrew Moxham do not reprise their roles.
Margin Call (2011)
Genres: Drama, Thriller
A respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go. His protégé completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company’s financial disaster he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as the senior management prepare to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss.
The Corporation (2003)
Genres: Documentary, History
In recent years, corporations have come to dominate the global economy. Their influence even stretches to international policy decisions. But how did they become what they are today? The Corporation follows the evolution of corporations from their inception in American in the late 1700s all the way to their present-day ‘personhood’ granted by the Supreme Court.
The film has an engaging, fascinating question at its core: if corporations are indeed ‘people’, what kind of people are they? Viewers may find the answer alarming. More often than not, their actions and decisions more accurately resemble the pathology of a sociopathic or psychopathic individual rather than that of a friendly neighbour. This documentary investigates the threats that this business model presents to the world as corporate power increases. Furthermore, it examines what actions concerned citizens can take if they decide to take a stand against the growing power of large companies in today’s world.
Such movies certainly inspire for great professional feats, but without experience and practical knowledge, you will never be able to achieve the desired performance in sales, like any other profession.
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