It’s Your Biz: Career Advice From Movies

(KTVI) – Just one of the iconic quotes from the film “A League Of Their Own” is the line about no crying in baseball. Believe it or not, there are some teachable moments for career women  in film.

Our business expert Susan Solovic talked about the top five films with that career advice.

MOVIE #5-VIOLA DAVIS, “THE HELP”‘

Viola’s character, Abilene Clark,

When her cruel and condescending boss takes it too far she finds the strength to finally stand up to her.

The lesson: If your boss is trying to make you feel worthless, you don’t have to put up with it. Stand up to them with dignity, confidence and a class. No job is worth it.

MOVIE #4-SIGOURNEY WEAVER-“ALIENS”

On the brink of global disaster, Sigourney’s character bravely gets into the big loader, ready to take on the terrifying mother queen alien and utters those iconic words “Get away from her, you B…!”

The lesson: When you think your problems are too big for you to overcome – be it a huge alien determined to destroy the world, or a bully in the workplace – this movie shows us that deep down we have the strength to take on anything. The underdog can be victorious.

MOVIE #3-HOLLY HUNTER-“BROADCAST NEWS”

Holly’s character, Jane Craig, – you see her character head to the privacy of the bathroom for a good cry. Undefeated, she regains her composure and gets back to perform at the highest level, much to the awe of her male colleagues.

The lesson: Embrace the ‘5 Minute Cry’. You don’t have to be super woman.

MOVIE #2-MERYL STREEP- “THE DEVIL WEARS PRADS”

In this film we see Anne’s anti-fashion character scoff when overhearing Miranda Priestly debate the merits of two seemingly identical blue belts. Rather than be offended or angry, Miranda calmly and methodically explains the complex mechanics of the fashion industry, brilliantly turning the tables to reveal Anne to be the ignorant person in the room.

The lesson: Lose the arrogance. Take advice from your boss, sometimes you don’t know everything.

MOVIE #1-FRANCES MCDORMAND IN “FARGO”

The scene when she goes to interview William H. Macy’s character at the car dealership. Softly spoken and heavily pregnant – qualities that might be perceived as weaknesses in her line of work – she uses them to her advantage masterfully extracting what she needs from him.

The Lesson: You don’t have to be aggressive to get what you want. Often being polite and making people drop their guard is more effective than charging at them head on.

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