March 24, 2005

News & Opinion: Moving Pictures for Business People

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 9:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

After raving about The Office last week on my blog, I got the idea there might be some other TV programs and movies that business minded folks could both enjoy and learn from. To make our list, it needs to meet both criteria. I think many enjoy The Apprentice, but I think we can all agree that there is little to learn from the series (though they start each episode with a Trump truism).

So, let me start by wholeheartedly recommending the BBC version of The Office. The series is shot in a mock documentary style where we follow manager David Brent and his branch of a paper distribution company. The lessons range from the disasters of office romance to the effect that uncertainty has on a work environment to exactly (and I mean precisely) what bad management looks like. There are plenty of laughs, but I also found it serious and poignant at times.

Here are links for the first season DVD and the combo first and second season DVD.

I was explicit about BBC version, because tonight NBC is premiering their version of The Office. The track record for these sorts of things is not good. I will be watching and hoping they can come close to the original. You can see it on NBC at 8:30pmET tonight. I think it is moving to Tuesdays permanently starting next week.