Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol
Whenever you’re in trouble
Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol
We’ll be there on the double
No job’s too big
No pup’s too small!
Paw Patrol, we’re on a roll
My children love the cartoon Paw Patrol. I have never watched an episode from start to finish but I can sing the theme song.
When I saw it had been released as a feature film, I was excited it would make a good treat for my kids. As a retired movie buff, I knew I would enjoy it and learn something new. Movies have always been a source of learning for me.
What I didn’t realise was it would be fraught with so many leadership and life lessons. Without spoiling it for anyone planning to watch it, below are my key takeaways.
- There’s always a leader in every team, if there isn’t one, a leader will emerge. A leader is required to provide direction and make major decisions on the team’s work and priorities.
- Good leaders understand each team members strengths and assigns tasks accordingly. They also provide tools and resources required for team members to succeed in their roles.
- The leader clearly communicates what each members role is and clarifies the results expected of any assignment. Team members also communicate back on progress and indicate when they need help.
- Leaders challenge their team members by assigning them tasks that will develop them, even when team members feel they are not ready. Leaders see the potential in team members and work with them to harness them.
- Diverse teams perform better than homogenous teams. Good leaders understand that differences in team members are complimentary and can be great fun. Once teams can appreciate their differences, in no time, the team will work well to deliver great results.
- Leaders make mistakes and their actions may be misunderstood by team members. Good leaders are honest about where they went wrong and apologise.
- Whatever the mind conceives it can achieve. Your dreams are valid and can be achieved by visioning, consistency and hardwork. You can dream of working in a particular place, with a particular set of people and it will happen.
- Politicians are the same everywhere, even in cartoon land.
- It takes a long time to get over psychological trauma, even when you think you are fine. Take time to heal, don’t rush it and accept support.
- TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More. No matter the individual strengths or struggles of team members, a united team can achieve much more.
What’s your favourite take away from above?
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