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ODL_340 Coaching & Consulting Movie Blog

Sonia Jeremiah-Bennett
ODL 340 – Coaching & Consulting
Movie Review Blog
November 19, 2017

In the past, different group of feature films were used in coaching and consulting process instruction, however, “Twelve Angry Men” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance” are particularly valuable for analyzing coaching, and the strategies of consulting patterns. 

The movie “Twelve Angry Men” (1957) is the story of 12 male jurors who deliberated on the fate of a young man accused of stabbing his father.  It takes place in a small, hot jury room, where the consensus of a “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” verdict must be reached before any of the men may leave.  The presumed open-and-shut case changed course when an initial vote showed one dissenter Juror #8.  Throughout the juries’ deliberation Juror #8 exhibited all of the qualities of leadership.  Bullied by the other jurors, Juror #8 did not conform, he maintained a calm demeanor, showed leadership and argued that the boy deserved some deliberation.  In relation to C. Otto Scharmer’s article “Uncovering the Blind Spot of Leadership,” Juror #8 demonstrated some factual listening to bring about change by raising questions about the boy’s motive and background that weren’t addressed in the trial.  The movie is an example of a small group communications.  The primary objective is the completion of a specific task to bring about change to benefit those involved which is the role of a consultant.  In the group, Juror #8 was treated as an internal enemy until he persuaded all the other jurors to change their opinions which shows effective consulting within the group by actively listening to each other.

“The Legend of Bagger Vance “(2000) details a hometown town golfer Junuh, a World War I veteran who disappeared after a horrible experience on the battlefields of Europe. Junuh becomes a local hero when he decided to get back in the game of golf, is motivated by a mysterious source.  His name is Bagger Vance, a stranger who appeared one night when Junuh is on the driving range and who offered his service as a caddie.  For “five dollars, guaranteed,” Bagger would help Junuh get back his lost swing.  

Bagger Vance being Junuh’s caddie, he now plays the part of a coach as well as a consultant.  A coach is someone who will support and help an individual, groups, and organizations to elevate their performance in pursuant of desired goals.  A consultant is someone who shows expertise in what they do to help a person who is stuck in life or in a situation to move forward.  Vance who is black counsels Junuh to look for his ‘Authentic Swing.’  He says, “In each and every one of us there is an ‘Authentic Swing,’ some people just forget their swing.”  Junuh played badly on the first day.  As play continued on day two and Junuh is without hope, Bagger begins his work.  He quietly offers advice to Junuh that has a dramatic impact on Junuh’s performance.  The book “Trusted Advisor” states, there are three basic skills that a trusted advisor needs: (1) earning trust, (2) giving advice and (3) building relationships.  Throughout the movie Bagger exemplified all three skills caddying for Junuh.  “The Legend of Bagger Vance” showed us that we should take time to step back a bit, relax and forget about how busy the rest of our life is.

Both movies depict the concepts of coaching and consulting from different point of views. The two movies, both point out the prominence of a coach or consultant style of leadership.  “Twelve Angry Men” demonstrated that communication and persuasion in groups can take place through a variety of methods in reaching a consensus decision.  “The Legend of Bagger Vance” portrayed how an individual can master challenges and find new meaning in life on a personal level.  Each movie offer profound insights into the roles of a consultant and a coach in transferring knowledge and inspiration to another person. 

 

References

Dexter, J., Dexter, G., & Irving, J. (2011).  An Introduction to Coaching.  Los Angeles: Sage Publications Inc.

Lumet, S. (Director). (1957). 12 Angry Men [Motion Picture].

Maister, D. H., Green, C. H. & Galford, R. M. (2000). The Trusted Advisor.  New York: Free Press.

Redford, R. (Director). (2000). The Legend of Bagger Vance. [Motion Picture].

Scharmer, Otto C. (2013, July 9). Uncovering The Blind Spot Of Leadership. [Web log Post] Retrieved from http://www.dailygood.org/story/450/uncovering-the-blind-spot-of-leadersh... November 19, 2017.

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