Now You See Me: 3 Strategy Lessons

If you haven’t seen the movie “Now You See Me”, you’ve missed much! Beside that it’s a very well done film full with outstanding visual effects and an interesting story… There is a Lot to Learn from it as well.

Having been a Strategist for a long time, I really enjoyed this movie a lot, and here’s some useful Tips worth reading

  1. Use the Power of Misdirection: When a magician waves his hand and says, “This is where the magic is happening.” The real trick is happening somewhere else. Misdirection. This trick has been used for 100s of years and on a very wide scale, whether in a Business, Political or Communication Strategy, where simply everyone is focused on “what’s happening before their eyes” while they were misdirected from what’s happening behind their backs.
  2. Outsmart your Opponent:  “First rule of magic: always be the smartest person in the room”  you cannot play to the disadvantage of your competitor or opponent when you haven’t Fully studied every single details in their life / business… Most of the Big Multi-national corporations have dedicated “Compete” departments within, with sole responsibility to study every (and I mean EVERY) single move their competition did, do or will do. Study the Strengths and Weaknesses of your competitor and keep in mind the dynamics of the changing world around them, And Evolve in every way possible to keep your self One step ahead!
  3. Think Way Ahead: “The more you look, the less you see.” or like the movie character J. Daniel Atlas says it: “The closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.” so in another term, it’s always about the Big Picture… Not the details you think you’re on to. Think about it in this way, if you lose your patience into doing something Worth doing, you’ll Fail :), so be courageous to span your efforts over 1- 6 months, 1-3 years, or even over 5-10 years if you have to! Long-term Strategy is not for everyone, but the better you become at it, your life moves forward faster than you think… Pretty much like if you save 25,000 USD over the past 10 years, by sparing less than 7$ every day.And here’s an example from the movie:
    “When he was 14, he saw a hole in a tree in Central Park. He had a guy, who worked at the carousel, sign a card for what looked like a routine little trick. At the guy’s retirement, 18 years later, Shrike performs, has the guy sign a card and presto! The card is in the tree. It was in the tree for 18 years.The trick was not to look closely. It was to look so far that you see 20 years into the past.”

Have a great Week!


Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project


Like 007, you’re on a mission

Over the years, one of the legendary characters that influenced generations with his Epic life, lifestyle, charisma, cleverness and charm; his name was “Bond… James Bond”.

I would definitely go on and on about the characteristics of a James Bond-Caliber Life! If you’re a Man then you know what I would mean by that, the Cars, The beautiful women, The suits, the gadgets… but for the purpose of this week’s tip, it’s about one thing and one thing only… How he Handles a Mission

We all got things to do; daily, weekly, monthly tasks… a small project here and there, but when the size & sensitivity of that task or project is more serious… Then you’ll be on a MISSION.

Major Companies has the Mission & Vision that drives their existence towards a certain goal and which dictates how they act and handle most of their business and day-to-day operations.

But let us start by skipping  the big talk, and focus on the small talk 🙂

  1. Be The Right Man or Woman for the Job: if anything, Bond has self-confidence, self-control, independence, and a mix of Charm and Danger… So work on your self, everyday… Take every opportunity to learn and be better than what you were yesterday.
  2. Know your mission inside out and pay Attention to Details: Bond wouldn’t start something before knowing all the details about it; he needs to be well prepared (Study all the details, know the enemy pretty well, and learn from Mistakes as you moves on) and he would do that by setting a Good Plan before he starts executing.
  3. Be resourceful and use all your resources: have you been the type of persons who bough something and thought it was very cool and useful, but for some reason you just keep it till the “right moment”, and ended up looking back at it years later with an “doh!”. The Time is NOW, Always is NOW to benefit from all your resources. Technology, your People Network, unused Favors, Gadgets…  Don’t worry, when your box is empty, then you have room for MORE things!
  4. Dress to Kill: Well if you ever worked from home, you know that you could literally work while wearing your Pajamas and no one will notice… But what happen when you Dress UP to do anything… Your Self confidence will grow, you will automatically think smarter and your value for your self will increase…  Same thing that you feel after cleaning up & washing your car, it will feel great to drive it. So take care of your self and Dress to KILL what can hold back the Success of your Mission!
  5. Like 007… Finish what you start, With Style: This one groups all the efforts from the other 4, and like James Bond, you Never Quit until your Mission is Done! and you finish it… With Style.

And like James Bond Said in 1967…  “You Only Live Twice”

Have a Great Week!


Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Better The Devil You Know When you don’t Know

For a long time, I’ve heard many variations of the phrase “I know John can be difficult to work with sometimes, but better the devil you know!”  which can be translated into this: “it is better to deal with a person or thing you know, even if you do not like them, than to deal with a new person or thing who could be even worse”

Now normally we get to this situation when we’re facing a delicate decision that includes 2 options or paths, One that you’ve been into before, and one that is completely new to you. At this point, which one to choose? 

Well it all depends on the situation, but let me help you a bit… Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Is it a Decision that will affect your life/business on the long run?
  2. Is it a Decision that is related to people? (like working with someone or even marrying someone?)
  3. Is it a Decision that would impact what you always dreamed of? (a Career path? Starting your own Business… )

Based on some surveys we’ve done, below are the most common answers:

#1: If it’s on the long run, people would stick with what they know (Buying a House, Relocating)… If it’s something for the short term, more people are likely to take the risk (like trying out a new cleaning product or a new restaurant… etc)

#2: If it’s related to people; Well this can be Tricky as PEOPLE DO CHANGE… some for the better and some for the worst; and it’s really difficult to Bet on what they will turn into… so the Risk here is 50 / 50 … and so were the answers we got… Almost by half, people preferred to stick the ones they already are used to (despite their “flaws” – irrespective of the degree of severeness of their flaws ) than to be involved with a new “devil”, while the other half preferred to take the risk and check out new people.

#3: Have you ever wanted to quit your Job and start your own business? wanted to Shift careers? Needed to do a Major Change in your Life? if So, then your Risk is higher when you take the action than to stay where you are right now… But Hey! it’s your dream, and the rewards are way higher than what you think if you stay where you are… So most of the candidates “Said” that they prefer the Devil they don’t know… but couldn’t give a clear answer if they would still go through with it or not… (Scared Right? :P)

Now here’s your Tip for this week, 

When you don’t know… Then stick to the Devil you know. It’s Safe, Less Risky and you’ll feel more comfortable on the short term… But When things are clear to you about what you want and where you want to be, and it’s Risky and you’re scared! then By all means Go and Get to know your New Devil who might turn out to be lovely and fun to be with. And on the long run, you’ll be more satisfied than disappointed irrespective of the outcome.

I’d like to quote the following:

“Some Goals are So Worthy, it’s Glorious even to Fail”

Have a great week!

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression or do you?

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression… That’s True! 100% and in any situation 🙂

This post is divided into 2 points, The first impression and what I would call the second first impression

The First Impression: They say the first 30 seconds you meet someone are very crucial as that someone would have a long lasting impression that would affect the way they listen, hear, see and accept you afterwards… Are you the Gentleman, the Classy Lady, the Professional, the Amateur, the Charming and the list goes on and on…

it doesn’t really matter if you’re meeting someone socially, or in a business environment like a Job interview or a business venture meeting, the rule of First impression applies. And believe it or not, small and even tiny details about how you look, talk or act can play a major part in what the impression is measured against.

The Second First Impression: Now i’d like to hesitate a bit and highlight that an impression is not an impression until it’s OVER… Meaning that you may get a bad impression about someone / something only to be surprised a little later, or even a WHILE later…

Haven’t you watched a movie or read a story, where there is a lot of ambiguity about Why the character was acting that way, only to discover in the end that… WOW!!! and then you repeat back the details in your head and realize he was fascinating in every detail??

Once I was delivering a Keynote speech in a regional Education Forum with educators from all over the Middle East & Africa region present; I did disguised as an Old Fashion Teacher, and started talking slowly in a very low voice tune… the first 5 minutes of the Keynote, most of the people started getting annoyed from the “quality of the speaker”… then on the 6th Minute, when the sentence  on my presentation was “Rule #1: Do something unexpected”… I Literally Teared apart my cloth  only to have a very modern & stylish cloths underneath, removed the thick glasses and placed blue ones, and the session automatically FLIPPED and after 40 Minutes; Several would simply say that it was the Best session they have ever witnessed…

So the thing is / simply was… I PLANNED My first & second impression… it was Intentional to engineer the Bad Impression and then To Unveil the Second one… and Leave the audience in a Surprised mode…

My the Tip for this Week… is Simple… Every Single Detail in you… should be DESIGNED in advance based on the occasion, from the way you handle your business card, to the way you place your hand in your Pocket..

And like I’ve written in one of my Books,

“Enter Like a Bride and Exit like a Groom” 

People always look at the Bride when she enters… And the eyes will be on the Groom when they Leave!

Have a Beautiful Week!

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project