The Power of a Broken Person
Last night, Marie and I watched Das Boot: The Director's Cut. Our movie-watching is taking on a decidedly serious tone, what with the Pianist last week and now this. I'm planning on getting out Bridge over the River Kwai next week!
Anyway, we were analysing the team dynamics at work on the submarine. (If you haven't seen the movie, it's probably good to read the story summary first.)
The captain (actually Kapitän-Leutnant) seems to be a real driver personality, ignoring the needs of the people he's working with, just getting the job done. It's only later on in the movie, when things are very, very bad, and he has in fact given up, that those around him start using their initiative to bring breakthroughs. It's then he starts to become emotionally intelligent - heaping copious praise on them, like "Good. That's good!". Doesn't sound a lot, but it's a lot from him.
Made me think - sometimes we need to go through the bad things in life to realise what we need to do. Anyone else got thoughts on that?