How many times have you been sitting in a business meeting when someone introduces a movie quote to engage the audience, reinforce a point or simplify a complex subject? Yea, I’m that guy.
I like to use movie quotes to convey the essence behind common business growth challenges. Case in point, the loss of focus by many companies is a very common problem that contributes to flat and declining growth.
In my humble opinion, a powerful movie line that effectively embodies this growth problem comes from Rocky III when Rocky’s Manger Mickey tells him before his fight against Clubber Lang that he can’t win because he has lost his edge.
"The worst thing that could happen to a fighter happened to you: you got civilized."
Easily distracted by his success and fame since winning the World Title in the second film, Rocky has lost his focus and along with it, the qualities and characteristics that made him a great boxer have become dormant. Despite successfully defending his tile in several matches, Rocky is no longer the same caliber of fighter anymore. He is what his major competitor calls a “Paper Champion”.
So, like Rocky – who “traded his passion for glory” and compromised his drive and dedication to be the best, has your company lost its focus?
Before you arrive at your answer, take a moment to consider this one very important question:
Can you say with conviction that your company’s mission and core values are at the center of every business decision?
If you answered no, then the following are some suggestions that will help your company get back its focus and ultimately, improve its ability to accelerate its growth:
Every company wants to be a champion, but as time passes, holding onto the “Title” will require a deep look inside to see if the focus has been lost. And if it has, the company must be willing to go back to its roots, reestablish its foundation, eliminate the distractions, and implement the core fundamentals and disciplines. Just like Rocky, it needs to refocus in order to reclaim its “Eye of the Tiger.”