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


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