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The Wizard of Oz

Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan et al.
Length: 121 minutes
Rated: G
Studio: Warner Studios

This classic film has many layers of meaning. First and foremost, it is a metaphor for the spiritual journey. You can also watch it and learn about leadership and teamwork from how Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion interact. Recently I watched it again, wearing my "coaching cap" to see what might be there for those of us who coach. I saw plenty of examples of good coaching, and I encourage you to watch this great film again through the lens of the coach. See what you notice that is relevant to coaching. Here are four ideas to get you started.

  • Dorothy's ability to declare possibility and hold conversations of possibility with Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion
  • Dorothy's ability to give clear, negative feedback to Lion when he tried to scare Toto
  • Scarecrow's ability to create a stretch assignment for Lion when he said Lion would lead them into the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Dorothy's willingness to hold OZ accountable to his promises

Be sure to watch this film with a child, friend or partner. It is so rich in life lessons that you are sure to enjoy a meaningful conversation when it's over.

Click here for a coaching practice related to the theme of this movie.





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