6 lessons learned for business and business of software from the 'Gladiator' movie

Everyone loves a good story, and this time I’ll tell you about my favorite.
"The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. A striking story. Now the people want to know how the story ends…"

Lesson #1:

Did you see any freelancers here? If you want exceptional team performance, you need experienced and battle-tested people you can trust.

General. General.

Lesson #2:

Teamwork isn’t just a word. It can be the only difference between failure and success.

Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. Do you understand? If we stay together, we survive.

Lock your shields. Stay as one!

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Lesson #3:

Strength and honour. Leader’s job is to lead and inspire others. People follow only those they trust.

At my signal, unleash hell.

Lesson #4:

The only way to lead is by example. Get your hands dirty. Take care of your people and let them do their best.

Lesson #5:

All great leaders have mentors, even to remind them something they already know.

Ultimately, we’re all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how, but we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men.

Lesson #6:

No one can control everything. The ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said it best: "Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens."

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.

Bonus Lesson:

Daily Standups are funny if done without stakeholders :)