There are a number of leadership lessons for adults in the Disney Pixar kids movie Inside Out
The halls of Pixar were probably filled with joy over the weekend. Its latest animated movie feature, Inside Out, pulled in more than $91 million at the box office, $20 of which I happily handed over so my family could enjoy it.
Although the movie Inside Out primarily explores the emotions of an eleven year old girl, Riley, experiencing her first significant life changes (a family move from Minnesota to San Francisco), the film also reminds us that successful relationships, purposeful careers and full lives depend on knowing how to leverage the right emotion at the right time.
The main characters in the movie are young Riley’s emotions: anger, joy fear, sadness and disgust. Each play their part and do their best to help Riley navigate a strange new chapter as her old life recedes and a new one begins.
While these colorful characters try to maintain control in Riley’s “headquarters,” there are a number of leadership lessons for the adults in the audience as well:
As the movie progresses, we begin to see what happens when you try to force one emotion through at the expense of others. Our emotional journey — even the day-to-day ones — depend on a complete understanding of the interplay of our emotions.
Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education reminds us that, “our emotions act as magnets to either pull us into action or channel our energies in a particular direction. Our emotions are also an important means by which we evaluate situations and make decisions about what is appropriate in given situation.”
Thankfully we had a summer escape in the mind of a young girl rather than the number one grossing Jurassic World because a Velociraptor really isn’t the best business coach.
 Adapted from Of Dispositions, Attitudes, And Habits:
Exploring How Emotions Shape Our Thinking By Ron Ritchhart http://learnweb.harvard.edu/alps/thinking/docs/article1.html
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