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Drawing Leadership Lessons from the Harry Potter Movies

In watching the conclusion of the Harry Potter epic last weekend (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2), I was struck by a number of themes that have become visible during the 10-year evolution of the J.K. Rowling book-based movie series.  As Scott Eblin of the Next Level Leadership blog has written a wonderful column on the servant-leadership ideas inherent in Harry’s story,  I’d like to reflect on leadership lessons visible in the making of the movies themselves.

(Director David Yates gives direction to Daniel Radcliffe on the Harry Potter set). Matching management talent to the evolving needs of the material was a key element in the success of the movie series.

Leadership Lessons

These leadership points stand out to me:

Hire for “talent” … then provide them with all the support they need
I wrote several months ago about the unique challenge of casting three 10-year old leads on whose shoulders would rest Continue reading

What Can the Harry Potter Movies Teach Us About Recruiting?

The recent release of the next-to-last movie in the Harry Potter saga (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I) led me to pondering the classic HR/management question of hiring for “characteristics” vs. hiring for skill/experience.

Three previously inexperienced young stars have carried the Harry Potter movie franchise for a decade

While this might seem an odd linkage, here is my question: If you were responsible for casting (“hiring”) three children on whose shoulders would rest the fate of a potential multi-billion dollar franchise, what would you do — hire based on experience, or hire based on who seemed to have “it” (i.e., “characteristics,” in HR-speak)?

What Kind of Experience (or Resume) Should a 10-year old Have?

How can you determine if actor (candidate) you’re casting (hiring) has it in him/her to grow with the needs of the film series (organization) as it evolves over the next ten years, such as was the task of the Harry Potter producers in casting the three young leads?  Continue reading