ultra-glamorous night is over, and the academy’s deserving artists
celebrate their achievements with the most recognized trophy in the
world. I can’t help but relate that stardom journey to our own
endeavors in the world of work. What new lessons can the Oscars
teach employees, HR and enterprise leaders about motivation and
performance? Consider these four lessons from Sunday’s ceremony.
Rock stars are not
Jackson Maine, the character
played by Bradley Cooper in the iconic remake of A Star is Born
captivated viewers with his charismatic on-screen portrayal of
a country music star. But Cooper’s seemingly natural musical talent
no overnight accomplishment . He spent six months learning to
sing, play the piano and guitar, even training his voice to be
deeper to get in character.
After several years as a
Hollywood actor, Cooper
debuted as a writer, producer, and director for this film. He was
curious about his craft . “I would always spend time, as much
as I could, in editing rooms and shadowing directors and asking crew
members questions and learning about the lens and so on” said
Triumphant actors are great teachers in reminding
us that we should stay curious. We’re the directors of our own
growth and career journeys. Hunger for learning can help us find
our true callings. HR and leaders play an essential role in
building a work environment that maximizes human potential.
Passion dictates performance
In both Hollywood and corporate life, perseverance is crucial to
success. Since 1982,
Glenn Close has gathered the most Oscar nominations for best
actress and supporting actress without a win. Close has displayed
passion in each of the remarkable characters she’s portrayed
including her recent performance in the motion picture, The
Wife , perhaps her best work ever.
are connected to their passions are likely to perform their very
best despite the occasional nomination without a win. It’s the job
of HR and company leaders to reward perseverance and help employees
find roles that express their passions.
Meaningful work trumps recognition
Bohemian Rhapsody received five Oscar category
nominations and four wins and has earned $800M at the box office to
date. The movie tells the story of the legendary 1970s band, Queen.
They were trailblazers defying stereotypes and conventional thinking
in music genres. Their song “ Bohemian Rhapsody ” is one
of the most iconic tunes in the history of rock. Yet when Queen
recorded the track in 1975, they were told that it would never
receive radio play because it was too long.
meaningful work matters more than being recognized for it.
Giving employees the ability to contribute to a purpose-filled
mission and witness the lasting impact it can have on the customers
they serve can be more valuable to them than pay or recognition.
Sometimes it takes a
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper display
remarkable chemistry throughout A Star is Born ,
especially in their epic performance of the song “ Shallow,”
which won the Oscar for best song. Their success has much to
do with the strength of their partnership.
This dynamic duo
teaches us that we often need a helping hand to be successful. It’s
crucial to have the right partners and cultivate true partnerships.
It’s also vital for business leaders to build an environment
in which those partnerships can flourish. Creating great employee
experiences is a central theme in the world of work.
HR and IT must partner to deliver
next-generation experience s that allow employees to be their