Even though the news of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm is a few weeks old, it seems like there’s still a lot of buzz about this deal. As expected, you can find people who are thrilled about this partnership, while others remain skeptical.
What do I think?
From a business perspective, I have to tip my hat to Bob Iger. I think this was a very smart move on his part and it shows that he is constantly on the lookout for other like-minded individuals that can help the Disney brand grow stronger. (Remember, he was responsible for the recent acquisition of Marvel Entertainment as well as another tiny company by the name of Pixar.)
Think Outside the Box Office
If you’re not a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, what you can you learn from Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm?
With all three deals, Mr. Iger saw organizations that had similar core values to those of The Walt Disney Company. He saw people with tremendous talent and a passion for their craft. In essence, he identified companies that could further Disney’s success.
In your job, can you identify colleagues that can help further your success? Ideally, try to seek out people who:
1) Have a positive attitude (The Force)
2) Have experienced success (Jedi Masters)
3) Have the tools necessary for continued success (Lightsabers, Laser Cannons, Proton Torpedoes, etc.)
When looking for success partners, don’t forget to seek out individuals outside of your immediate department or group. They may be able to give you ideas, inspiration, and even energy that’s a breath of fresh air from what you experience on a day-to-day basis.
Surround yourself with Luke Skywalkers of your company and hopefully the Darth Vaders won’t be able to suck you into the “dark side.”