The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. I’ve seen the 1987 flick countless times over the years and can almost recite it line for line. I caught it again on TV recently, and it struck me in a whole new way: The movie really is a metaphor for innovation.

If you are one of the 10 people on the planet who hasn’t seen it, the film is a sweet story about Wesley, a farm boy turned benevolent pirate, who faces all sorts of setbacks in his quest to find his true love, Princess Buttercup, and save her from marrying an evil prince. Along the way, he befriends Fezzik and Inigo Montoya, who are motivated to help because of their own agendas.

Read more about Innovation, Inspired by ‘The Princess Bride’.
When I was in my first real job, I admired an older, female co-worker who seemed to be the model employee I hoped to grow into. Her phone never stopped ringing, and her desk was a precarious jumble of papers, files and coffee mugs. She always arrived early and was the last to leave.

After a couple of months of sitting near her, I noticed a pattern. Whenever anyone asked her to do anything, her response was always the same. “Oh, I can’t. I’m just soooo swamped,” she would say, drawing out the vowels. Her breathy exasperation would send managers in quick retreat, looking for someone else to fulfill their requests. It was usually me. I outworked her 10 to 1, but no one ever seemed to notice because she somehow managed to attach herself to some BIG, IMPORTANT PROJECT that never got done.

Read more about Hiding Out in Big Corporate.
The Future of Storytelling
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