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The best movie about teamwork right now isn’t Top Gun: Maverick

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |

Need an inspirational message about teamwork and leadership? Rather than reading a book about teamwork, go see that cinematic tale of a handsome flyboy leading a crew of youngsters on their toughest mission yet: Pixar’s Lightyear. Showing now. Seriously, the movie is all about teamwork with great animation along the way. 

  • Buzz Lightyear is a super hero, after all he’s the legendary Space Ranger (insert LEADER for our purposes).
  • He has a mission, and is committed to it.
  • He’s persistent.
  • He’s dedicated to his goals.
  • He tries so hard.
  • But the challenges he faces seem overwhelming.

Does this sound like you?

During his intergalactic adventure, Buzz gets involved with ambitious cadets who are naïve, bright-eyed, have wild ideas and no experience. What a disadvantage.

Eventually Buzz finds the solution to his challenges. (I’ve left out good movie details here, you’re welcome). The solution is and isn’t rocket science, and it comes from an unexpected source.


The moral of the story, Leaders, is that Buzz, even with all his Space Ranger wisdom, realizes he needs something….Help. That he can’t do it alone. That he needs to work with others to accomplish the mission.

Buzz stops saying he can do it all. He lets others in, lets them bring on their wild ideas. They work! They’re a team! They assess, revise, find value in each other and make it work.

Take a moment and look around. Are you working alone because you know it all? Do you despair when new team members don’t know “how things are done”? What might your organization gain by including others? What breakthrough might that wild, left-field idea accomplish?

Whether your style is more Maverick or Lightyear, if you need help with leading your team of space cadets, give us a call or email. We can help.

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