The movie “The Intern -Experience never gets old” was a very innovative movie with an excellent story line. A retired 60 plus year of age professional Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) working for a twenty something CEO of an IT company Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) is an excellent concept. More importantly, Robert De Niro’s acting will win your heart for sure. Following are some of the management lessons we can learn from “The Intern”
LESSON 1: MUSICIANS DO NOT RETIRE. THEY JUST STOP WHEN THERE IS NO MORE MUSIC IN THEM
Robert De Niro excellently portrays role of an old man who still has life in him. He quotes that musicians do not retire. They just stop when there is no more music in them and in respect to that analogy, he adds that is absolutely positive that he still has music in him. Same goes with all the profession. You just do not retire. You can always start a second innings like Ben Whittaker.
LESSON 2: HE KNOWS ENOUGH WHO KNOWS HOW TO LEARN
Ben is nearly 70 and yet he applied for senior intern program at IT start up. He does not know anything about the industry. Yet he does not resist this change. He makes it a point to learn. He learns Email and other stuff. He learns how the new generation works. He proves that age is no barrier to learning. We also can always have a fresh start in a new field like Ben.
LESSON 3: NOTICE PEOPLE WORKING FOR YOU
There is a scene in “The Intern” when Ben asks Jules to appreciate her assistant for her commendable work who was getting overlooked otherwise. Ben tells her it is important. Same is the case in every company. Every CEO and managers should notice people working for them.
LESSON 4: REWARD AND APPRECIATE GOOD THINGS
In “The Intern”, Jules had a tradition that whenever an employee does something good, they will announce it by ringing the bells and he would get appreciation of others. This good thing may be even cleaning the table which had lot of junk. Same should be done in all the organizations.
LESSON 5: LEADERS LEAD FROM THE FRONT
Jules works too much in “The Intern”. She leads from the front. All the activities she wants from her team, she herself does them. She even agrees to have Ben as intern because company is having senior intern program. Any good leader leads from the front.
LESSON 6: EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Ben gives valuable suggestions on many occasions because of his experience. He is very loyal as well. He gives good tips to everyone around him. His maturity is seen in all the things he does. In real life as well, we must value people with experience. You might never know in what aspects that experience can be helpful.
LESSON 7: MAINTAIN A WORK LIFE BALANCE
We see that Jules Ostin’s marriage is almost broken. Jules works a lot. Now there is nothing wrong in working overtime but certainly not at the cost of your family life. She works so much that her family comes second. She usually cannot attend parties and meetings of her daughter. She is a CEO and has lot of work but she should prioritize her family as well. The key here is Work life balance. This is the best lesson from “The Intern”. Most of us are like Jules. We all work a lot and sometimes forget that we have a responsibility for our family as well. Our spouse, kids and parents need our time as well. The best gift you can give someone is your time. One must always keep a proper work life balance.
That was all for the lessons. Watch “The Intern” for more insights and to have a great time!
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