Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Big Picture: Blog Tour

About The Book:

Movies are magical. They can release us from the stress of everyday life. But movies also contain valuable lessons to improve the way we do business.

In their entertaining new book, The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons From the Movies, authors Kevin Coupe and Michael Sansolo show how to use the stories in movies to solve problems in business. From The Godfather to Tootsie, from The Wedding Singer to Babe, the authors use more than sixty of their favorite movies to teach important lessons about branding, customer service, leadership, planning, ethics, and innovation.

Readers learn how to use stories from the movies to communicate clearly with employees, clients, and customers

About The Authors:

Kevin Coupe has been a working writer all his professional life. For the past decade, he’s had his own website/blog—http://www.morningnewsbeat.com/—providing what he calls “business news in context, and analysis with attitude.”

In addition to speaking at hundreds of conferences in the U.S. and abroad and reporting from 45 states and six continents, Kevin has been a newspaper reporter, video producer, actor, bodyguard, clothing salesman, supervised a winery tasting room, ran two marathons (slowly), drove a race car (badly), took boxing lessons (painfully), and acted in a major (and obscure) motion picture.
Kevin is married with three children and lives in Connecticut.

Michael Sansolo has traveled around the world one supermarket at a time, yet stopped to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Great Wall of China, and Pikes Peak. A native New Yorker, Sansolo is a consultant and frequent speaker for the food retail industry, and is a contributing editor and weekly columnist for MorningNewsBeat.com, a daily newsletter on the retail industry.

Sansolo was the senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and was editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer magazine. Favorite book: The Big Picture (of course), and The Great Gatsby; favorite food: Sal’s Pizza; favorite team: the Mets; favorite movies: read The Big Picture!
Sansolo, his family, and his very annoying beagle live in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

For more information on the book and its authors, visit http://www.brigantinemedia.com/author.php?id=coupe-sansolo 

You can also find Kevin online at http://www.morningnewsbeat.com/ and Michael at http://www.michaelsansolo.com/

My Review:

This was a fantastic read! If you are a movie buff and love to learn "life lessons" through movies you watch, then you have to read this book.

The authors divide the book into six categories, based on movie genre: Action/Adventure, Biopic/Documentary, Classics, Comedy, Date Movies and Drama. Each section covers between four and ten movies all with different lessons that can be used in the business world.

For example, from "The Wedding Singer/50 First Dates", the lesson is Romance Your Customers. In You've Got Mail/Julie and Julia, the reader learns that "stiff competition can eat you up". Finally, in the movie, Cool Runnings, one learns that "You Can Succeed without a Gold Medal". One line in the film, that is quoted in The Big Picture is "A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But is you're not enough without one, you'll never be enough with one." 

Not only is this a wonderful application for the business world, but for life in general. All the lessons taught in The Big Picture can be applied to life and I am so glad that the authors choose to write such wonderful, easy to read and very easy to apply to life book.

The authors have picked many movies that I have seen, as well as many I have not, or never thought there would be a life lesson. The authors cover such movies as Star Trek, Butch Cassidy, When Harry Met Sally, Hoosiers, The GodFather and Big! A very eclectic variety of movies, but this book is totally worth it!

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons From The Movies online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca - it is also available through your favorite local bookstore.

***Thank you to the authors, and Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to participate in the Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest and original review on this blog***

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your great review of The Big Picture. I'm not even much of a movie goer and I enjoyed it.